A Look Back at QCIR 2022

In 2022, we kept a broad focus for our online conference. Raising Indigenous Voices: Reconciliation from a Legal and Entrepreneurial Lens was all about Indigenous leadership and Indigenous engagement. Keep scrolling to look back at what we talked about this year. 

Keynote Speakers

JOHN BORROWS

Making Meaning: Indigenous Education and
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Collectively, law students have significant power in determining the trajectories of Indigenous Legal Education. This talk drew upon John Borrow's 30 years experience as a law professor to give examples of how law students have positively influenced the development of Indigenous law in law schools and beyond.

MAGNOLIA PERRON

Investing in the Strengths of Indigenous Entrepreneurs
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Magnolia Perron discussed traditional Indigenous economies, the historical and contemporary barriers faced by Indigenous entrepreneurs through a gendered lens to provide insight on how organizations and academia can provide more inclusive, equitable services to enable all Indigenous entrepreneurs to thrive, and what this could mean for Canada’s economy.

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To our speakers, our sponsors, our executive committee members, and our attendees. Thank you for your attention, support, and the knowledge you lent us over these two days. 

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Reconciliation must be an ongoing mission on all fronts in what is now called Canada. Our conference seeks to foster momentum on the legal and commercial calls to action from the TRC, but it is also our hope that in doing so, our delegates will go on to further learning and action to make Reconciliation a part of their everyday lives. We urge participants to seek out the work of Indigenous scholars, legal and business professionals, and community organizers, and to put what you learn in the course of this conference and in your own pursuits into action.


This year, we’ve included a gallery exhibition in our events. Our hope is that this will highlight for our participants the importance of creativity in our approach to Reconciliation. Our conference this year is focused on the entrepreneurial space, an  intense environment of innovation and creativity, and we believe that creativity is the driving force behind changemaking. Where meanings, interpretations, and systems can become stagnant, we urge this year’s audience to keep in mind the power of small shifts in everyday thinking and actions when working in spaces for change, and to find the places where creativity can begin to shift us in the direction of jusitce.


Our conference will host two keynote speakers, a general workshop, and a panel and workshop each for business and legal themes. There will also be networking opportunities, plenary sessions, and an evening gallery event. 

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The 2022 Lineup

MORNING

Opening Remarks

Monday, March 7

The Queen’s University Faculty of Law Dean will provide opening remarks and a land acknowledgment to kick off day 1 of the conference. Followed by a spoken word poetry presented by artist El Jones

Indigenous Engagement

In this workshop, participants will learn about the importance of Indigenous engagement and consultation, clarifying terms such as co-manage, co-develop, engage, and consult. The workshop provides a general awareness of Indigenous engagement principles, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, community protocols, and Indigenous engagement and rights (incl. SCC decisions and UNDRIP).

AFTERNOON

Making Meaning: Indigenous Engagement and Student Action

Collectively, law students have significant power in determining the trajectories of Indigenous Legal Education. This talk will draw upon John Borrow's 30 years experience as a law professor to give examples of how law students have positively influenced the development of Indigenous law in law schools and beyond.

Finding Your Way in Business

A panel of business professionals will speak on their experiences as Indigenous peoples working in business. You will have the opportunity to ask panelists any questions you may have for them, so come prepared!

Reconciliation as a Professional Competency

This session revolves around the frame of reconciliation in Canada by outlining the rights-based context of reconciliation in Canada, what the term reconciliation can mean to multiple sectors, and provides solid examples of ways that organizations can create actionable change within reconciliation for individuals and collectives.

EVENING

Creative Culture, Indigeneity, and the Entrepreneur

Join us this year for our first gallery exhibition event! By focusing on creative culture, rather than visual culture, our goal is to share stories from a broader perspective within the creative space. We do this with the intention of confronting the history of exclusion of Indigenous creativity and art because of its relegation to the category of ‘craft culture’ and the stigma attached to that classification.

MORNING

Opening Remarks

Tuesday, March 8

The Smith School of Business Dean will provide opening remarks and a land acknowledgment to start off day 2 of the conference. Followed by a spoken word poetry presented by artist El Jones

Investing in the Strengths of Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Magnolia Perron, will discuss traditional Indigenous economies, the historical and contemporary barriers faced by Indigenous entrepreneurs, and provide a gender lens to provide insight on how organizations and academia can provide more inclusive, equitable services to enable all Indigenous entrepreneurs to thrive, and what this could mean for Canada’s economy.

AFTERNOON

Indigenous Allyship in Business

Businesses are fostering relationships that acknowledge Indigenous Peoples and communities. Learn about the challenges and opportunities as emerging leaders push Corporate Canada to take ownership of their commitment to Reconciliation.

Finding Your Way in Law

A panel of lawyers will speak on their experience as Indigenous peoples working in law. You will have the opportunity to ask the panelists any questions you may have for them, so come prepared!

Closing Remarks

Brief closing remarks and thank you to all delegates, speakers and
sponsors.

EVENING

Networking

The opportunity for all delegates to come network with all the speakers who participated in the conference as well as our law and business sponsors. Hear some messages from sponsors at the beginning of the session before being able to navigate between breakout rooms to interact with the speakers and representatives that interest you!

2022 Sponsors

Birch Hill Equity Partners
IGM Financial
McCarthy Tetrault

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