Daniels Faculty Lecture Series: “The Path. The Mountain. The Journey: landscape architecture, learning, and reconciliation” with Chris Grosset
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Mediatheque (Room 200), 1 Spadina Crescent
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“We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you the path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, speaking on the release of the TRC Calls to Action (June 3, 2015).
We are taught that landscape architecture is both an art and a science. Our professional practice emerges from our education, our personal experiences, our cultural context, and our world view. Through study and application, we gradually master the skills of the profession, organizing place, resources and people to achieve a well-defined goal. Most successful landscape architecture projects represent the fusion of creative vision with a linear, formal process of planning, check listing, implementation and final sign-off.
Achieving “Truth and Reconciliation” will also be a process. But there is no single definition of what “reconciliation” will mean. The term describes a state of being, defined by connections between cultures, communities and individuals in the past, the present and the future. There is no project plan, no checklist. Reconciliation is a destination defined by the journey – a journey without a map to an undefined place, along paths that haven’t yet been revealed. Every First Nations, Inuit or Métis person and community has lived their own Truth. Every Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian has a responsibility to our shared state of reconciliation which can only be defined through the process of seeking.
Chris Grosset has worked alongside Indigenous communities in the Arctic and across Canada. He has learned in their classrooms on the land, in their homes, or during their project meetings. Through this lecture he will discuss how formal and informal education paths can lead towards reconciliation. He’ll explore how Indigenous perspectives have changed the process and perspective behind his work as a landscape architect, and share his reflections on the values, principles and practical approaches that may enable landscape architects to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.