Full Circle: A History of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations in Canada

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Recent events in Canada and abroad have prompted individuals and organizations alike to consider ways in which they can re-double efforts to help combat systemic societal racism and discrimination, and further advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. A key component of these efforts is education, including a commitment to gain a greater understanding of Indigenous people and their history.

In view of that, we are pleased to offer our highly regarded virtual seminar entitled Full Circle: A History of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations in Canada. Developed and presented by members of Gowling WLG's award-winning Indigenous Law Group, this presentation was originally produced for Gowling WLG professionals and staff, and has now been adapted for the legal teams, executives and employees of our valued clients.

Through the Full Circle presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of Indigenous people and learn how to place current events in their broader historical, social and legal context. Participating organizations will also meet a key element of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's "Call to Action" directed at the private sector—namely to "provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations."


Max Faille and Aaron Christoff bring the impressive and deep knowledge of the Gowling WLG Indigenous law practice to life through their Full Circle presentation. Throughout the presentation, they bring together the legal basis, political motives and facts, supplemented by lived experience in some instances, to re-tell the story of how Indigenous people and Canada relate and connect, in a manner that is accessible to any person interested in learning more. It is emotional. It is enraging. It is compelling.
- Bindu Cudjoe, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Canadian Western Bank Financial Group

In order to understand the current political and social realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada, you need to understand the history. The Full Circle presentation offers an excellent review of that history, and should be required viewing for anyone who wants to go down the path of learning, understanding and reconciliation. Even as someone engaged in Indigenous issues for over two decades, I learned a lot; I know others will as well.
- Grand Chief Peter Johnston, Council of Yukon First Nations


The presentation runs for 1.5 or 2 hours and can be tailored to the needs and interests of your organization. The program has been approved for Continued Professional Development/Continuing Legal Education credits, including professionalism & ethics and D&I credits by various Canadian law societies.

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Related:   Indigenous Law