Dialogue on the Rwandan Post-Genocide Reconciliation Model
University of British Columbia Great Hall
6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Coast Sailish Territory - To commemorate Black History and Future Month in Vancouver, the Institute for Diaspra Research and Engagement (IDRE-SFU), in collaboration with Building Bridges with Rwanda, the Center for Community Engagement and WUSC- UBC will host a dialogue to discuss how lessons from Rwanda’s post genocide reconcilation model can be used to find lasting solution to social and historical conflicts in British Columbia.
In 100 days, more than a million Rwandans were killed for no other reason other than the fact they were born Tutsis. Twenty six years later, Rwandans have worked hard to rebuild their society and foster reconciliation across ethnic divides. In this process, Rwandans transformed their nation from a failed state to a model that the rest of the world can emulate.
On June 6, 2019, we organized and launched RR25 Legacy Project at Simon Fraser University. African students from UBC who were in attendance approached us and indicated that they wanted to learn more about the Rwandan post-genocide recocialtion model. They felt that they are grappling with a corrosive colonial legacy such as tribalism and ethnic division they want to expunge. ‘’Is there a way we can learn from the Rwandan reconciliation model?’’
We expanded the dialogue to include the potential application to conflicts, such as Islamophobia, Indigenous Vs Settlers, Gender, and tribalism/Ethnic division conflicts.
Please make the time to come and join us for an afternoon of learning exchange at the University of British Columbia.