Robarts centre presents two-day conference and annual lecture

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies will host a two-day graduate student conference, “Canada: Homeland or Hostile Land?” on April 28 and 29.

Graduate students from across the country will come together at York U to explore themes of inequality, colonialism, racism, sexism and other social and economic disparities that exist in Canadian society.

The conference will feature more than 65 graduate student research presentations, and many members of York faculty will also participate as panel discussants.

Complementing the topic of the conference is the fourth annual Robarts Lecture in Canadian Studies at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 28 in 519 Kaneff Tower.

Deborah McGregor
Deborah McGregor

This year’s powerful and challenging talk is titled “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a New Reconciliation Proclamation: How Far Have We Come?” and will be given by York Professor Deborah McGregor.

McGregor is an associate professor with the Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice. Her research focuses on indigenous knowledge systems, water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development.

All are welcome to attend a reception in 519 Kaneff Tower at 5:30pm before the lecture for refreshments, light fare and music by the Liam Stanley Trio.  Registration for this event is free and open to the York community.

Visit the Canada: Homeland or Hostile Land? conference website for more details.

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Canadian Studies at York University, Glendon campus, the Department of Humanities, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University.