The Queen's Conference on Indigenous Reconciliation is a joint-initiative between the Smith School of Business and Queen's law. We held our first conference in March of 2019.
Every year, we host a conference examining Reconciliation in business and in law, and all the other sites of Reconciliation in between. Our mandate is to further Reconciliation efforts in every and any way that we can, both in our academic and professional communities, and to make an active commitment to the TRC calls to action.
Before we were named the Queen’s Conference on Indigenous Reconciliation, we were inspired by and hailed from the documentary Reconciliation on Bay Street. In its first year, the conference hosted just under 100 delegates, and focused on top-down system change, rather than grassroots organization. This was done for two reasons: first, to demonstrate career paths to Bay Street for Indigenous students, and second, to host conversations on how the ideas of the ‘higher-ups’ directly affect the daily lives of those off of Bay Street.
From the beginning, the conference has focused on Reconciliation and building positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in business and in law. Over time, and depending on the composition of our executive committee, the annual theme of our conference has changed to either be more focused on business or law, and recently has begun to look to broader horizons to seek Reconciliation in more areas of our everyday lives.
Whether you are a newcomer to these conversations, or you are already comfortable in this space, we believe you have something to offer and something to gain from this conference.
Where we're going
In 2023, we examined what it meant to be building Sustainable Reconciliation. We asked questions like what resources are needed to make Reconciliation more durable, who needs to be invited to the table, who needs to be heard at that table, and what can business and law do to support that.
We have only just begun planning for our 2024 conference, but rest assured that we have big ideas about what title we want to rally under in the coming year. Check back for more information in September.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been ongoing for over three years now. We are very hopeful that we will be able to host you all in person this year, or at least as many of you as possible. We thought it was great that all of you could tune in from coast to coast, and want to make that possible for another year.
Of course, the pandemic isn't over, different people have different needs, and we liked being able to host delegates from coast to coast. So this year, we'll be planning a hybrid conference, and you'll be able to choose how you attend. Meet us on or near campus, or through Zoom. As we get closer to the conference, we'll have more information on date and time, and ticket options.
What can we tell you for sure? We have a tech team eager and ready to make this conference the most accessible yet, and to do it as smoothly as possible. Have a couple questions? We're more than happy to answer what we can, so shoot us a message using the email link below, and we'll get back to you as soon as we have answers.
Meet the Team
We hold two rounds of applications for our executive teams each year: first in the spring at the end of the winter term, and second in September for the roles we don't fill in the spring. You can find the formal mandate for our club and each of our team members on the next page.
We're so excited to meet you all!