Canada: Reconciliation, Rights, and a Renewed Relationship with the Indigenous Peoples by the Canadian Ambassador

- Lecture by the Canadian Ambassador Wilczynski

- Q&A session

Reception with light refreshements after the lecture.

Canadian Ambassador Wilczynski (photo: Embassy of Canada)


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples of Canada - meaning a relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership, including the implementation of the UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on Rights of the Indigenous Peoples). Moreover, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is one of the themes for the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation, and a process of great interest among indigenous peoples in other parts of the world. In his lecture Ambassador Wilczynski will examine the renewed relationship, and place it in a historical context.

Ambassador Artur Wilczynski presented credentials to Norway's King Harald V in December 2014. He is also Canada's Head of Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. His work in Norway promotes economic opportunities for Canadians, advances shared interests and reflects Canadian approaches to diversity and inclusion. He engages with Norway's Indigenous Sami people, religious minorities, immigrants, Arctic communities and Norway's LGBTQ community. He is an advocate for Holocaust education and remembrance and for anti-discrimination and human rights. Prior to becoming Canada's Ambassador to Norway, he was the Director General of International Security & Intelligence at Global Affairs Canada. He also worked in leadership positions at Public Safety Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He was the Chair of the Inter-American Committee on Culture and was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Government of France for his work at UNESCO on cultural diversity. Artur has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and is married to his partner of 30 years Randy Stocker.

Published Mar. 1, 2017 3:04 PM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2017 2:16 PM