First Nations advocacy groups
In September, MKO passed a resolution supporting the research partnership.
At a recent forum on ethical considerations in research at St. Boniface Research Centre, Leona Star from AMC presented on the ethics and benefits of research from a First Nations perspective. See her PowerPoint presentation and other materials on Indigenous research ethics.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The University of Manitoba is committed to helping the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada realize its objective. To this end, the Centre for Human Rights Research Initiative (CHRR), planned Prairie Perspectives on Indian Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation, an academic conference for the Winnipeg National Event in June 2010.
As well, the CHRR organized a legal question-and-answer table. Twenty-four law students, professors and 10 lawyers from Thompson Dorfman Sweatman volunteered at the table, answering questions on Aboriginal law. The CHRR produced 10 informational fact sheets and eight short videos on Aboriginal law for the event.
During the 2010-11 academic year, a seminar series, Critical Conversations, was jointly organized by the CHRR and Kiera Ladner, Canada Research Chair in Indigenoue Politics and Goverance. The series is supported by the Aboriginal Students Centre, the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, Institute for the Humanities, RESOLVE, Faculty of Law Distinguished Visitors Program, and Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.
With a common locale and a common mission, the partnership between the CHRR and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a natural fit that contains much promise. The partnership is focused on building relationships between researchers at the two institutions. The Centre for Human Rights Research hosted a research roundtable in early May called Unfinished Business: Human Rights Issues in the 21st century, which brought together researchers from the University of Manitoba and staff from the Museum. The roundtable sparked a number of exciting conversations and connections, a seminar series and a book of essays under development. We are also exploring internships and other educational opportunities. The CHRR is committed to helping the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in its mandate to be a national and international destination, a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.
The CHRR and the University of Manitoba have developed a partnership with the Trudeau Foundation. The Trudeau Foundation promotes outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences, and fosters a fruitful dialogue between scholars and policymakers in the arts community, business, government, the professions, and the voluntary sector. The centre partnered with the Trudeau Foundation on the 7th Annual Trudeau Conference on Public Policy, "Equal in dignity: Human rights in the passage of generations", including collaboration a public opinion poll. Held in Winnipeg Nov. 18 to 20, 2010, the conference brought together 200 distinguished scholars and policy leaders from business, government, the arts and the voluntary sector. Approximately 80 of these attendees were from the Trudeau Foundation network of fellows, scholars and mentors.