Frank Iacobucci

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kaneff Building, Room 137
University of Toronto Mississauga (MAP)

Explore Canada's past, current and future relationships with Indigenous people at the 2016 Snider Lecture—Canada's Aboriginal People: Towards a better relationship. Former Supreme Court judge, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, will discuss proposals in place to shape a new relationship between Canadian and Indigenous governments that "incorporates an underlying respect for different culture, traditional, and historical values".

Iacobucci was the Federal Government's Representative in the negotiations leading to the settlement agreement in 2005 relating to Indian Residential Schools—the largest financial settlement in Canadian history. His 2013 report as an independent reviewer for the Ontario Government on First Nations Representation on Ontario juries expressed hope that his report would serve as a wake-up call to remedy broader and systemic issues that are at the heart of the relationship between Ontario's justice system and Indigenous peoples in the province and emphasized the need for establishing a government-to-government relationship that "incorporates an underlying respect for cultural, traditional, and historical values that are different." Currently, Iacobucci represents the Province of Ontario in its negotiations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Council on the Ring of Fire and recently completed a comprehensive report for former Police Chief William Blair of the Toronto Police Services that relates to encounters of police with people in crisis.

The lecture will open with a traditional Indigenous welcome by Cat Criger, UTM's Indigenous Elder in Residence. After the lecture, savour mouth-watering traditional Indigenous cuisine all locally sourced and inspired by the culinary wisdom of the Anishnawbe.

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