Join our Learning Circle (book club) hosted in partnership with the CUAA and Indigenous Student Services

Indigenous person on campus

The Learning Circle (book club) is designed to create an accessible space for CapU alumni and staff to increase their knowledge of issues related to Truth and Reconciliation.

Participants in the program will read chapters from an assigned book and meet weekly to discuss themes and topics. Discussions are moderated by Capilano University’s Community Engagement Facilitator for Indigenous Student Services, Crystal Henderson along with a Knowledge Keeper.

We invite all CapU alumni and CapU staff to join regardless of where they are in their personal journey. Participants are asked to complete the assigned readings, commit to attending the weekly discussions, as well as help the organizers create a safe space for learning, asking questions, and being a little uncomfortable.

"We all share a common humanity. No matter how long or difficult the path ahead, we are all one.”
— Chief Robert Joseph 


Date: Oct. 20 — Dec. 1
Time: Thursday evenings 8 — 9 p.m. PST
Location: Hybrid option - Virtually (zoom) and in person (CapU Lonsdale)

Assigned reading

Namwayut: We Are All One: A Pathway to Reconciliation


Chief Robert Joseph

About the book

Reconciliation belongs to everyone. In this newly released memoir, Chief Robert Joseph, globally recognized peacebuilder and Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk People, traces his journey from his childhood surviving residential school to his present-day role as a leader who inspires individual hope, collective change, and global transformation.

Before we get to know where we are going, we need to know where we came from. Reconciliation represents a long way forward, but it is a pathway toward our higher humanity, our highest selves, and an understanding that everybody matters. In Namwayut, Chief Joseph teaches us to transform our relationships with ourselves and each other.

As we learn about honour and respect the truth of the stories we tell, we can also discover how to dismantle the walls of discrimination, hatred, and racism in our society.

Chief Joseph is known as one of the leading voices on peacebuilding in our time, and his dedication to reconciliation has been recognized with multiple honorary degrees and awards.

As one of the remaining first-language speakers of Kwak'wala, his wisdom is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing while making space for something bigger and better for all of us.

Frequently Asked Questions

The CUAA Truth and Reconciliation Learning Circle will begin on Oct. 20 from 8 9 p.m. (PST), and continue Thursday evenings until December 1, 2022.

No fee to participate, but you will need to find your own copy of the book.

The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon to ensure you receive in time. If you are in the greater Vancouver area, we recommend visiting Massy Books, a local and Indigenous-owned and operated book store.

To get the most out of this experience we prefer participation at our weekly online meetings.

If you would like to participate but the day and time do not work, you are still welcome to join our private group to post your questions and participate in the group discussions. Please send us an email after you sign up to let us know.

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Capilano University Alumni Association

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604 984 4983
604 990 7880 (fax)
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