Building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people will be a key focus of Heritage Rising, the National Trust’s 2016 conference in Hamilton this fall.
Ry Moran, first director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, will speak on the challenges of how to commemorate the physical legacy of residential school buildings and sites.
Before joining the Centre, Moran oversaw the collection of nearly 7,000 statements from residential school survivors for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
As well, a special roundtable will discuss how to move beyond mere consultation to meaningful engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage advocates.
The Hamilton Indigenous Heritage Roundtable 2016, Going Beyond Consultation, will draw on Ontario case studies to understand how true relationships are built and nourished over time. Participants will discuss how to resolve issues and find ways to “break through the dominance of western viewpoints in land-use planning and natural and cultural heritage conservation,” the program description states.
The Oct. 19-23 conference will feature numerous other learning and discussion activities, opening on Day 1 with a workshop on regenerating faith places and ending on Day 5 with a tour of historic wineries.
For information visit www.nationaltrustconference.ca