Chief Robert Joseph and Associates

October 11, 2012 12:00 ET

John Ralston Saul to Address Aboriginal Isolation at Public Lecture at Musqueam

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2012) - Celebrated author and thinker John Ralston Saul will speak to over 350 people gathered at the newly opened Musqueam Community Centre on Saturday night. Saul's talk and the moderated discussion that will follow it will grapple with the question of how, even in a city like Vancouver where we pride ourselves on living in one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the country, the need for greater dialogue between Aboriginal and other communities remains acute.

The event is being hosted by Chief Robert Joseph and Associates and the UBC First Nations House of Learning.

Saul's public lecture is taking place as part of a two-day reconciliation circle involving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants. The reconciliation circle creates a safe space where a diverse group of participants can engage in a dialogue that builds understanding of how Canada's colonial past has impacted all Canadians. The group will also work on imagining a future together and taking action on reconciliation.

Chief Robert Joseph & Associates is an Aboriginal owned and operated educational consultancy that originated the Bright New Day Reconciliation Circle dialogue process in 2009.


Chief Robert Joseph - "Building relationships between urban Aboriginal people and immigrant communities can be a cornerstone for a more cohesive Canada as we all struggle to define a more inclusive Canadian identity."

Linc Kesler, First Nations House of Learning - "Recent initiatives, such as the City of Vancouver's Dialogues Project, have done a lot to build understanding between Aboriginal communities and new Canadians. These need to continue, and other Canadians brought into the conversations."

Quick Facts:

  • Chief Robert Joseph, Kwun Kwun Wha Lee Gei Gee "Big Thunderbird", is a Kwakwaka'wakw Hereditary Chief of the Gwa wa enuk First Nation. He is also an Indian Residential School Survivor who spent 10 years at St. Michael's Indian Residential School at Alert Bay on the central coast of British Columbia. Among his many achievements Robert has served as Special Advisor to the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission and as the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. In 2003 Joseph was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Law Degree from the University of British Columbia for his distinguished achievements in serving BC and Canada. He has always sought to bridge the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding, and racism.
  • John Ralston Saul public address:
    Date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Musqueam Community Centre
    6777 Salish Drive, Vancouver, BC

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