Keynote - Dismantling Settler Colonialism and Building Reconciliation

Dr. Keith Thor Carlson

In this keynote address, Prof. Keith Thor Carlson provides a historian’s perspective on what Canadian settler colonialism is and explains how non-Indigenous people can use historical thinking to begin to meaningfully contribute to the process of building reconciliation with Indigenous people and communities.  This presentation introduces the audience to the key debates, challenges, and opportunities surrounding the subjects of settler colonialism, decolonization, and reconciliation.  It does this in a way that provides teachers and educators with vocabulary, information, and pedagogical strategies so that they, in turn, can bring these important conversations into their schools and classrooms.


  • Keith Carlson

    Keith Thor Carlson is a professor of History and Research Chair in Aboriginal and Community-engaged History.  Born and raised in Powell River on BC's west coast, his scholarship focuses on the Salish people of British Columbia and Washington State. He was adopted as an honorary member of the Sto:lo Nation in a potlatch ceremony in 2001.  He also has emerging research relationships with Cree and Metis communities in Canada's prairie region.  Another research interest remains in mid-twentieth century Philippine peasant history, and in particular in the history of the Hukbalahap.  He is actively engaged in graduate supervision and considers community-engagement fundamental to both his and his students' research. Outside academia, he continues to receive ongoing education from Salish knowledge keepers and knowledge interpreters.