Part 1: Culture and Ancestry

In honour of the Jack P. Blaney Award presented to Chief Dr. Robert Joseph in January 2014, the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue produced a series of videos around the themes of culture and ancestry, residential schools, reconciliation and dialogue. More information about the award:

View them all here:

Part 1: Culture and Ancestry: Chief Joseph discusses his childhood memories of Kwakwaka’wakw culture and explains why understanding the context of culture and ancestry is critical in the present day.

Part 2: Residential School Experience: Chief Joseph describes his experience at St. Michael’s Indian Residential School and how the trauma of the residential school system affected him as a young man.

Part 3: Reconciliation: Chief Joseph describes the concept of reconciliation and what this means for relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

Tribute Video: Celebrating Chief Joseph, recipient of SFU’s 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue for a lifetime of outstanding achievements promoting reconciliation among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

What is Dialogue? : Chief Joseph discusses his views about the importance of dialogue and improved mutual understanding