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Balancing freedom of expression, truth and reconciliation a challenge: U of R president –

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 202038 Views

January 8, 2020

The president of the University of Regina says it’s been a challenge balancing freedom of expression while moving forward with truth and reconciliation.

The issue presented itself last week following a scheduled appearance by Canadian poet George Elliott Scott, who was to deliver a lecture on truth and reconciliation at the university. He has since cancelled his lecture following controversy.

“I think what it highlights for all of us in the academy – when we have principles, such as academic freedom, how does that work with our principles of Indigenization and truth and reconciliation? And I think we’re learning together,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons.

The controversy surrounding Clarke’s lecture stemmed from his personal and working relationship with Steven Kummerfield, now known as Stephen Brown. In 1995, he was convicted in the beating death of Regina Indigenous woman Pamela George in a case that highlighted racial tensions in Saskatchewan.

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