About this event
Dr. Michael Dan offers a brief history of the impacts of colonialism, genocide and ultimately the intergenerational trauma which persists today for Indigenous peoples living in Canada. For non-Indigenous Canadians, September 30, Orange Shirt Day, is a day of reflection, a time to confront the truths Dr. Dan will address.
This online event is part of the Decolonizing UW Health Collaborative Speaker Series. The Collaborative is comprised of faculty and staff from UWaterloo’s Schools of Pharmacy, Social Work, Optometry and Public Health Sciences. All members of the UWaterloo community – faculty, staff and students – are welcome to attend.
Meet Michael Dan
Dr. Dan, formerly a neurosurgeon and a committed philanthropist provided a $10million endowment to support the creation of the Wakkenbiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto. In recognition of his allyship, Dan was given the ceremonial name Wakkenbiness, meaning “radiant thunderbird from the south, by the Lac La Croix First Nation in northern Ontario."
As we seek to become allies in our own lives, we encourage you to take the opportunity to learn from Dr. Dan.