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Reconciliation: Past, Present, and Future

  • Red Gate New Revue Stage 1601 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9 Canada (map)
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Groundswell Education Society and Edziza Trails present...

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What does reconciliation look like to you? How are others embodying it? What can you do at an individual level?

The concept of reconciliation can be overwhelming, so tonight we are making space to explore this concept at the individual level and inspire, challenge, learn, build relationships, and act together. This is merely one step on a long journey of reconciliation, but we want to make it a practical one of dialogue and tangible action that we can take forward in our daily lives.

Continuing the rich discussions sparked at this year’s On The Land Indigenous Gathering on Tahltan territory,  Education Society, Curtis Rattray of Edziza Trails, and Gathering participants are pleased to invite you to continue the discussion on how each of us can integrate reconciliation into our lives and work.

We have asked Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, educators and entrepreneurs to think BOLD about the future of this country while sharing the work they are doing in the present. How do they incorporate de-colonization practice into their businesses and livelihoods? How can we build relationships? How can we educate ourselves and each other? 
****More information on the speakers below****


5:30 - Doors open: mingling and registration*
6:00 - Programme begins
- Opening remarks and welcome
- Mini film
- Speakers
- Panel & dialogue
8:00 - Programme ends
After party* on site until 9:00
*Cash bar and snacks available

The event will showcase a variety of speakers, a mini film screening, a panel discussion with audience participation, and an engaging after party where we can celebrate and witness each other's commitment to reconciliation and get our hands dirty!


Speakers include paradigm shifting Indigenous and Canadian educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who will lead a dialogue to explore BOLD ideas for the future of Canada and reconciliation, grounded in the past, and in their present work.

We are honoured to be hosting such astute speakers including:

Janice George, Squamish hereditary chief and accomplished weaver and teacher
Michelle Nahanee, communications entrepreneur and indigenous changemaker of the Squamish nation.
Denise Williams, Cowichan social justice advocate and Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Council
Alexander Dirksen, proud Metis policy wonk, strategist and facilitator, working with the First Nations Technology Council.
Myia Antone, Squamish youth indigenous leader and On the Land Indigenous Gathering participant.
Curtis Rattray, Tahltan community leader, educator, and backcountry guide, Edziza Trails founder.
Gilad Babchuk, Groundswell co-founder, educator and entrepreneur.
Conlan Mansfield, Feral Strength founder and On the Land Indigenous Gathering participant.
Warren Hooley, half Okanagan spoken word artist and founding facilitator at INdigeneyez

...more programme announcements coming soon!

Let's do this together

Groundswell believes that this work is necessary to uncover the path forward to a more just, collaborative economy. We would like you to join us on this journey of reconciliation as participants at this event and as we move forward. Please spread the word and let’s see how we can all learn, share, and move forward, together. Let is know when you register if you’re interested in partnering further along the road.

The Team

Groundswell Education Society and Curtis Rattray of Edziza Trails is pleased to host this event to continue the rich discussions on cultural revitalization, reconciliation, and personal agency sparked at the On The Land Indigenous Gathering on Tahltan territory this past August. 
Special thanks to Ajay Puri of Vancouver Changemakers, Jannika Nyberg and the rest of the Gathering participants for helping us make this happen!

Event Details

RedGate Revue Stage, Granville Island, 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Monday, December 4th 2017, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. including the afterparty!

Register to reserve your seat at
General tickets are by donation, minimum $10, with all proceeds going towards next year’s On the Land Indigenous Gathering.
Tickets are free for indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities.

Accessibility information
The venue and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.


We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

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