Lecture by Larry Railton
Aboriginal people have suffered a great amount of injustice in Canada. There is often talk about fixing this injustice, but what would society look like if we all took this seriously? How can we achieve this just society, and do it in a way that is both fair and responsive to existing cultures? How can we move forward in a way that addresses past injustice and works to allow Aboriginal people to flourish in the future?
Larry Railton is Métis of Cree and Welsh descent. He is currently the Manager of Services for Aboriginal Students at Langara College. His primary interest is in education, early years, through post secondary, keeping in mind the impact of culture, Elder, community support, and lifelong learning. Larry volunteers his time on local and national committees and boards, and coordinates an international project, Preserving Indigenous Cultures, with the World Forum Foundation Indigenous People’s Action Group. A former graduate of Langara, Larry holds a Master of Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers is a very useful (and accessible) document for getting background information.