Transitional Justice in the USA Speakers Series: Part II

Date and time: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:30

ICTJ is proud to co-sponsor the Transitional Justice in the USA Speakers Series organized by the Center for International Law and Policy (CILP) in collaboration with other institutions of higher learning, academic centers and civil society groups.

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The first panel of the second part of the series with be on November 3, at 12:00 pm ET.  This panel will focus on past and recent truth initiatives on the forced assimilation of Native children through boarding schools and the child welfare system.  Indigenous leaders will reflect on the experience of the Maine Wabanaki-Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Federal bill to create a national truth commission and the official investigations launched by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland this past summer, upon the revelation of mass graves located at boarding schools. The panel will explore how to open the way to transformative justice, overcoming standardized or colonized transitional justice models. The panel is convened in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.


Cheryl Suzack, Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty, Undergraduate Instructor, Department of English


Christine Diindiisi McCleaveChief Executive Officer, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Sandy White Hawkformer Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission & founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation (FNRI)

Brenda Gunn, Academic and Research Director from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada and Professor, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law


Flyer detailing the panel discussion topics and introducing the panelists, with collection of the logos of co-sponsoring institutions at the bottom