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Reconciliation in South Africa: Has it Succeeded?

  In this year’s Vancouver Human Rights lecture Richard Goldstone discusses the successes and failures of reconciliation in post-Apartheid South Africa. After the racial oppression of the majority of South Africans by a white minority for almost 350 years, Apartheid came to a relatively peaceful end in 1994, with Nelson Mandela as

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Speaker Series and Conference On Indigenous Peoples

Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation Vancouver Island University (VIU) has worked hard to demonstrate respect for the founding peoples of our region, and seeks to lead a national conversation that will promote reconciliation among cultures in a way that recognizes their special position as the first inhabitants of the land. On

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Beverly Nann

Beverly Nann is a recipient of the Order of British Columbia in recognition of her many years as a leader in the multicultural community. Involved in the establishment of The Laurier Institution, Bev has long been an active participant in the organization’s affairs. After receiving a B.A. BSW and M.S.W. from UBC,

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Robert A. Daum

Robert Daum, PhD is Fellow and Lead in Diversity and Innovation at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, who specializes in complexities of dialogue, collaboration, and community engagement across cultural, social, and disciplinary boundaries for public institutions. A Director of the Founding Board of Reconciliation Canada, he was Convenor of its inaugural National Reconciliation

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Winnie L. Cheung

For over twenty years Winnie L. Cheung has been engaged in building bridges and understanding across cultures. A published writer, art lover and intercultural educator, she is keen to create platforms and spaces for people to explore the cultural richness of an inclusive society. At the University of British Columbia, she has

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Ali Solehdin

Ali Solehdin is a technology entrepreneur and an active, engaged member of civil society. Ali currently serves as a Board Member on the Aga Khan Council for British Columbia. He is also the Vancouver Chair for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship. He also

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Ciprian Jauca

Ciprian Jauca is the Managing Editor for Cochrane Hypertension, the UBC-based branch of the Cochrane Collaboration, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health, with over 37,000 contributors from more than 130 countries. Ciprian is also the Managing Editor with the UBC Therapeutics Initiative, a multi-disciplinary

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Don Black

Don Black is Director, Community Programs at UBC Continuing Studies. He is currently seconded on a half-time basis to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), where he is Director, Education Programs. He was the Executive Director of the Laurier Institution from 2003 to 2005. Prior

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Farid Rohani

A life member of Laurier, Farid has been involved with the organization since its inception. He comes with a lifelong passion and commitment to promoting the value of cultural diversity. Farid has devoted many years to building social, cultural and economic bridges to facilitate the integration of many immigrants into the wider

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Beyond Human Rights: Building a World on Empathy

2014 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture Faced with fragmented identities and widespread atrocities, human rights ideals have come to occupy a central place in our conception of the core values underlying a just global order. They represent the secular equivalent of the sacred, unimpeachable values that transcend diverse cultures and beliefs, and provide

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