The Smyth Dialogues is a signature public event series made possible through bequests from the late Wanita Smyth and Delmar Smyth. Del Smyth was a York political scientist and life-long scholar remembered for his great mind and generous spirit. He served in many leadership roles at York, including as founding dean of York University’s Atkinson Faculty when it was created in 1963. The Atkinson Faculty merged with the Faculty of Arts in 2009 to create the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), which is the home of the Dialogues today.
The Smyth Dialogues reflect the desire expressed by Wanita Smyth and Del Smyth to profile ideas and solutions that would promote peace, justice and human security, and prevent violence. The full name of the event is “The Del & Wanita Smyth Lecture on Peace, Justice and Human Security”. The Dialogues are a fitting tribute to the lives and memories of two outstanding individuals, Wanita and Delmar Smyth.
Reflections on Off-Reserve Indigenous Life
Date: Coming soon
Join us for an important public dialogue with three Indigenous community leaders, on the topic of Off-Reserve Indigenous Life. Christa Big Canoe, Jennifer LaFontaine and Sylvia Maracle will discuss their work and experiences supporting Indigenous people in Canada who live their lives mostly or entirely off-reserve. This distinguished panel will enable York University and our constituencies to learn from leaders about strong communities working to better the lives of Indigenous people whose experiences have been under-explored in scholarly circles.
Hosted by Bobbi-Jo Virtue, an Ininew (Cree) from St. Peter’s/Peguis Community in Treaty 1 territory and an assistant professor, School of Public Policy, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. A Q&A time will follow the panel.