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Welcome to the 2024 National Building Reconciliation Forum

June 25, 26 & 27, 2024

Registration Information

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We are honoured to be hosting the 8th National Building Reconciliation Forum at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.  This conference is aimed at connecting First Nations, Métis, Inuit and university communities to create meaningful change in support of Indigenous education and implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls To Action. The Forum will support participants in exploring critical issues related to education for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and Indigenizing post-secondary institutions in response to the TRC Calls To Action. Indigenous education and reconciliation are core to Laurentian University’s Tricultural Mandate (Indigenous, French and English programs) and identity and we are honoured to host the Forum. We hope to imbed an understanding of what post-secondary institutions can do to advance the important work of reconciliation at universities across Canada. 

Laurentian University’s recent work in aligning with the TRC Calls To Action include opening of the award-winning Round Room in the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre (Canadian Wood Council Award).  The campus and facilities have trilingual signage which includes the Anishinaabe language throughout the university.  The Faculty of Arts offers land-based Anishinaabe language immersion 6-credit courses led by traditional knowledge keepers who are fluent language speakers. Currently, we are working with the Guinness Book of World Records to have Leland Bell’s woodland art entitled ‘Survival’ recognized as the largest woodland art acrylic on canvas which adorns the wall at Laurentian’s Fraser Auditorium.

We are excited to host this important event and welcome all participants to join us as we explore the themes of the Forum. The main theme will be “Indigenous Education and Mapping Out Institutional Spaces” and will include the following sub-themes:

  • The Power of Storytelling: Crafting Compelling Narratives.
  • Language and Culture: Elders and Cultural Practitioners in The Workplace.
  • Cultural Diversity: Celebrating Differences and Building Bridges.
  • Shaping The Future: Trends and Insights in Implementing Truth and Reconciliation.

 The Forum committee has also planned for participants to engage in one of three activities on the pre-conference community day; a cultural tour of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation or a cultural tour of Wahnapitae First Nation or a visit to Science North.

We look forward to welcoming and hosting everyone at the Forum on June 25-27, 2024. 


Dominic Beaudry's Signature

Dominic Beaudry B.A., B.Ed., M.A.
Associate Vice President of Academic and Indigenous Programs.

Universities Canada is pleased that Laurentian University will host the 2024 Building Reconciliation Forum. Hosted in Sudbury for the first time, this Forum presents an opportunity to learn from and engage with communities in Northern Ontario, particularly Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation and Wahnapitae First Nation, and benefit from Laurentian’s tricultural mandate.

The first Building Reconciliation Forum was hosted in 2015, in part as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Every year since then, the Forum has been an important opportunity to bring together university presidents and administrators, Indigenous faculty and community leaders, governments, researchers, and students to advance reconciliation and Indigenous education at Canadian universities.

Universities Canada and our members are dedicated to supporting Indigenous education and upholding our responsibilities and obligations to advancing reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. The Building Reconciliation Forum serves as an important event to support Canadian universities in actualizing their commitments to truth and reconciliation.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Registration information for the National Building Reconciliation Forum

Preliminary Program

The Forum will facilitate knowledge sharing in a wide variety of formats: panel discussions, oral histories, workshops, poster presentations, lectures and presentations from the visual and performing arts.

Guest speakers, Elders and Knowledge Holders will all be engaged in advancing Truth and Reconciliation. Presented here is our Preliminary Program outline.

Organizing Committee


Back row: Paskwa Lightning, Renée Lemoyne, Joey-Lynn Wabie, Sue Lekun, Kigen Pelletier, Dominic Beaudry, Mary Laur

Front Row: Marie-Lynne Michaude, Carole Perreault

On Zoom:  Tracy MacLeod, Julie Ceming

Absent: Brendda Brouwer, Bill Sanders, Craig Tyson, Mira Ross, Nicole Wemigwans, Jean-Paul Rains, Jody Tverdal, Adria Kurchina-Tyson, Brooklin Kennedy, Martin Bayer, Mélanie Tilbury


Stay tuned to view all of our wonderful sponsors!