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A conversation on Truth and Reconciliation

“President David Farrar and Savage Bear, director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute, discuss the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and how the McMaster community can deepen their own learning about Indigenous history and cultures.

Sept. 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It’s a day to reflect on and recognize the tragic legacy and ongoing impacts of Canada’s residential school system.

For Savage Bear, director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute, it also represents an important opportunity to honour what Indigenous peoples have achieved.

“Let’s acknowledge the history Indigenous peoples have with Canada,” says Bear, an assistant professor in the Indigenous studies department. “But let’s move forward as well and celebrate the pride, the resilience, the resurgence that’s happening for Indigenous peoples across Canada.”

Bear recently shared these thoughts and more with McMaster President David Farrar during a video conversation on the meaning and importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and how the McMaster community can take steps toward reconciliation, including educating themselves about Indigenous history and cultures.”

Here is the full conversation.

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