Ahead of Selkirk College’s speaker series on equity for Indigenous Children, Indigenous counsellor Leah Lychowyd shares details on the event — including “rockstar” speaker Cindy Blackstock.

While much work toward reconciliation has been done, Lychowyd said Canadians and the government need to acknowledge that decades after the residential schools closed and the Sixties Scoop, Indigenous children are still taken from their families at a disproportionate rate. Lychowyd shared her own experience growing up in Northern Ontario, being taught that the early colonial traders were “peaceful and friendly,” an outright re-writing of history. The context in Canadian education informs who citizens view history and current Indigenous relations, she said.

Listen to the full interview from January 11 here: