Truth and Reconciliation Summit

If you missed the live stream, keynote speeches and panel discussion are available to watch in the above video and on our YouTube channel. The program begins at the 25-minute mark. You can also check out @banffcentre and #TRCBanff2016 on Twitter to join the conversation.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is holding a Truth and Reconciliation Summit on October 29, 2016 for Bow Valley residents to learn about and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action

We are looking for up to 250 participants, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to explore their roles in the reconciliation process and develop an approach for repairing Canada's relationship with Aboriginal peoples. This summit is an opportunity for local government, education, business, heritage and culture, justice, health and social services providers.

This full day event will include keynote talks from TRC Commissioners and other notable speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, open dialogue, and facilitated discussion led by Banff Centre faculty. Commissioners and invited guests will help guide participants to better understand the work around reconciliation and commit to future steps. 

Summit participants will be equipped with new knowledge and tools to take action and incorporate reconciliation into their own lives, families, organizations, and communities. Findings from the summit will help to inform Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's own approach to reconciliation. 

The cost to attend the Summit is $25 plus GST and includes lunch at Vistas Dining Room, coffee breaks, and attendance to talks and workshops. Wait listed participants will not be charged the fee unless their registration is confirmed. Registration closes September 30, 2016. Funding may be available to help offset the registration fee. Please contact or 1.888.255.6327  if you would like to discuss financial assistance options.

To learn more, visit out Truth and Reconciliation Summit FAQ page.


Saturday, October 29, 2016


8 – 8:45 a.m. | Max Bell Building Foyer


9 – 9:30 a.m. | Max Bell Auditorium

  • Welcome and prayer by Elder Sykes Powderface
  • Opening song by Eya Hey Nakoda
  • Acknowledgement of Treaty 7 Chiefs by Janice Price, President & CEO, Banff Centre
  • Words of welcome by Brian Calliou, Director of Indigenous Leadership Programming, Banff Centre
  • Summit overview and objectives by Jesse Wente

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Max Bell Auditorium

Keynote Speakers:

  • Phil Fontaine
  • Kathleen Mahoney
  • Marie Wilson
  • Jeff Horvath

Summary by Jesse Wente

10:30 – 11 a.m. | Reflection and Intermission

Music by Walter MacDonald White Bear

11 – 12 p.m. | Max Bell Auditorium

Panel discussion: 

Moderated by Brian Calliou, Director of Indigenous Leadership Programming, Banff Centre

  • Charlene Bearhead
  • Bill Elliot
  • Dr. Alika Lafontaine
  • Bill Phipps
  • Sarah Garton Stanley

Summary by emcee Jesse Wente

12 – 1 p.m. | Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation: Rooms 101, 103, 105


1 – 4:20 p.m. | Various Venues

Breakout Sessions

  • Max Bell Building Room 251, Reconciliation for Justice and Civil Engagement
  • Max Bell Building Room 252, Reconciliation for Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Max Bell Building Room 253, Reconciliation for Child and Family Services
  • Kinnear Centre Room 201, Reconciliation for Health and Sport
  • Kinnear Centre Room 203, Reconciliation for Youth and Education
  • Kinnear Centre Room 205, Reconciliation for Business and Tourism

4:20 – 4:40 p.m. | Reflection and intermission


4:40 - 5 p.m. | Max Bell Auditorium

  • Summary by Jesse Wente
  • Prayer by Elder Sykes Powderface

Special Guests and Thought Leaders

Recognized for their expertise, the following thought leaders have been invited to take part in workshops and breakout sessions:

  • Karen Aird, Indigenous Cultural Heritage Strategist, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and Tse’K’wa Heritage Society
  • Andre Bear, Co-Chair, Assembly of First Nations Youth Council
  • Mel Benson, Board of Directors, Suncor Energy
  • Jessica Bolduc, Executive Director, 4Rs Youth Movement
  • Tim Brodhead, Former President and CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Darrel Brown, President and Owner, Kisik Commercial Furniture 
  • Jeffrey Cyr, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres
  • Oscar Dennis, Executive Director, ‎Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Societies
  • John Fischer, Director, Iniskim Centre, Mount Royal University
  • Guy Freedman, President and Senior Partner, First People's Group
  • David Garneau, Associate Professor, Visual Arts Department, University of Regina
  • Vicki Grant, Chair of its Board of Directors, Community Foundations Canada
  • Scott Haldane, President and CEO, Rideau Hall Foundation
  • Stephen Kafkwi, President and CEO, Canadians for a New Partnership 
  • Sandra Laronde, Founder and Artistic Director, Red Sky Performance
  • Marissa Lawrence, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Reconciliation Canada
  • Kelly Lendsay, President and CEO, Aboriginal Human Resources Council
  • Danika Littlechild, Legal Counsel, International Indian Treaty Council
  • Nicole MacDonald, Program Director, McConnell Foundation
  • Dan McCarthy, Director, Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience, Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Resource and Sustainability, University of Waterloo
  • Athena McKenzie, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Consultant, Edmonton Public School District No. 7
  • Rio Mitchell, Creative Producer, REDx Talks
  • Andrea Nemtin, President and CEO, Inspirit Foundation
  • Sheryl Ries, Chief Operating Officer, Reconciliation Canada
  • Beckie Scott, Olympic Gold Medalist, Ski Fit North Ambassador
  • Cowboy Smithx, Curator, , RedX Talks
  • Bill Snow, Consultation Manager, Stoney Tribal Administration
  • Arlene Strom, Vice President Sustainability and Communications, Suncor Energy
  • Rebecca Sullivan, General manager of Stakeholder and Aboriginal Relations, Suncor Energy Foundation
  • Dr. Annette Trimbee, President & Vice-Chancellor,  University of Manitoba
  • Alex Williams, Flim Director, The Pass System 

Made possible by the following supporters:

Presented as part of the Peter Lougheed Leadership Program,
a partnership with the University of Alberta.


Contact Us

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