Institutional Priorities


Achieving reconciliation is like climbing a mountain — we must proceed a step at a time. It will not always be easy. There will be storms, there will be obstacles, but we cannot allow ourselves to be daunted by the task because our goal is just and it also necessary.

Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Truth and Reconciliation workshops feature experts in their fields to help us learn about practicing reconciliation, embedding the 94 Calls to Action, Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and our collective history and future.

Note: These workshops are supplemental to a base foundation of knowledge on Canada’s history, Indigenous cultures and current issues. The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation training for staff is a great place to start, as well as browsing the additional resources. TRC workshops are building blocks that add richness and depth on our journey towards TRC.

Indigenizing Curriculum with Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine’s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People”. He won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press.

In 2019, he won Peace Educator of the Year from the Peace and Justice Studies Association based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Sinclair is an international media commentator for the “Power Panel” on CBC’s Power & Politics and National Affairs panel on CBC’s The Current. He is a former secondary school teacher who has trained educators and students across Canada.

Workshop Session 1

This first session goes into the history of Treaties, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, and Truth and Reconciliation, and how to embed these topics into subject areas. This workshop is complimented by additional reading material.


Climbing The Mountain: Reconciliation in Workplaces Guidebook

Workshop Session 2

This second session focuses on the 94 Calls to Action with an emphasis on the Education Calls and how to embed them into subject areas.


Teaching Truth, Enacting Reconciliation at Red River College Polytechnic Handout (referred to during workshop).

Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Dreams of Red River: Potentials in Post-Secondary Spaces with Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

Red Forum, May 25, 2018

Indigenomics Workshop with Carol Anne Hilton: The Emerging Economic Strength of the Indigenous Economy

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and founder of the Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics. Carol Anne is a dynamic national Indigenous business leader, author, speaker and senior adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.

The Indigenous economy is growing. Understanding this growth, its characteristics and its need in a pandemic environment are essential in building our economic and business response to now. The success of the Indigenous economy is tied to our regions and national future. Building an environment of inclusive growth is an important collective pathway forward for academia, government and the business environment. This session will cover the legal and economic components of the relationship with Indigenous peoples, how this has changed over time and how we can pay increased attention to the design of Indigenous businesses today.