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The Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick is excited to announce that registration is now open for the symposium “Towards Reconciliation: Fulfilling the Promise of the Peace and Friendship Treaties”. This symposium, to be held October 29 and 30 at the Wu Conference Centre on UNB’s Fredericton campus, is part of UNB’s Peace and Friendship Treaty Days, 2015.
Peace and Friendship Treaty Days will celebrate the peace and friendship treaties signed between the Wabanaki peoples and the British Crown in the 18th century and promote the goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians in the 21st century. Peace and Friendship Treaty Days will include displays of Indigenous arts, crafts and cultures, a sweatlodge, traditional ceremonies of the Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq peoples, and a variety of interesting speakers, including Roger Augustine, regional Chief with the Assembly of First Nations, Graydon Nicholas, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Bob Rae, and David Arnot, former Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan, who will discuss the history of the peace and friendship treaties and their continuing relevance to the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians today and the project of reconciliation. Stephen Kakfwi, President of Canadians For a New Partnership, will be delivering the keynote address on October 29th.