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New Directions in Aboriginal Policy Forum – 2011

Call for Presentations

The third annual New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum will be held at Mount Royal University in the Jenkins Theatre on May 5, 2011 (for the poster see New Directions in Aboriginal Policy 2011 – call for presentations).  The keynote speaker for the event will be Randy Fred, the publisher of FACE – a new magazine about Aboriginal life and culture – and founder of Theytus Books (one of Canada’s first aboriginal-owned and operated publishing companies). 

The forum is designed to open up debate on aboriginal policy in Canada.  Its purpose is not to promote a particular position, but to bring together scholars and activists to present different, and even conflicting, viewpoints.  The assumption is that listening to a diversity of viewpoints on a topic is essential to the development of critical thinking and informed discussion.  The forum, like the intelligence2 debates put on by the BBC, “is dedicated to creating knowledge through contest”.

To this end, the 2011 forum is designed to bring in speakers to present their views on opposing sides of three important questions facing policymakers today:

  1. Will the settlement of land claims address native welfare dependency in Canada?
  2. Is recognizing a third order of government the key to aboriginal self-determination?
  3. Does the teaching of aboriginal spirituality improve educational achievement?

If you are interested in presenting your views on one of these questions, please send a brief outline of your position to:

Frances Widdowson, Assistant Professor, Department of Policy Studies, Mount Royal University, 403-440-6884,

Some funding is available to cover the travel and accommodation costs of participants.