- A brief look back at reconciliation history
- The challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
- Opportunities for reconciliation as we move forward
Brief Biography of Speaker:
Mike DeGagné, C.M. is President & CEO of Indspire, a national Indigenous organization which supports Indigenous post-secondary students and recognizes Indigenous excellence through the annual INDSPIRE awards. Dr. DeGagné has over 25 years of leadership experience in public service. He was an Executive in the federal public service, serving with Health Canada, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. His career began in the addictions field and continued to comprehensive claims negotiation.
In 1998, Dr. DeGagné became the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. In that role, he worked on a national level to encourage and support community-developed, community-delivered, and culturally-based initiatives addressing the intergenerational effects of abuses suffered in the Indian Residential School System. For his dedication to this work, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014 and Member of the Order of Ontario in 2010. In 2013 he became the President & Vice Chancellor of Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. In 2020 he became the first President & Vice Chancellor of Yukon University in Whitehorse.