Roots of Empathy

Research Symposium

Virtual. Free. Public.

May 11 – 12 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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About

A time of change.

A time of upheaval.

Never has the world experienced such instability and uncertainty.

 

This year, our Research Symposium 2021 theme is Empathy and Well-being.

Join thousands of like-minded individuals from health, education, research, and aligned fields in a thought-provoking two-day symposium.

Not only will this year’s virtual symposium bring together top North American neuroscientists and experts on wellbeing and empathy like Dr. Richard Davidson, Dr. Dan Siegel, Prof. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, and Dr. Bruce Perry, but we will also dive into topics such as empathy in leadership, social justice, and we will get an across-border perspective on black fatherhood. In honour of our 25th anniversary, we will be presenting the inaugural Roots of Empathy Social Justice Award to His Honour Justice Murray Sinclair, LLB, MSC, IPC.

To mark our 25th Anniversary we will be presenting our inaugural award for Social Justice to the Honourable Murray Sinclair

The Honourable Murray Sinclair LLB MSC IPC

The Honourable Murray Sinclair’s legal credentials are well known. What is less well known is that he is Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. He is a Fourth Degree Chief of the Midewiwin Society, a traditional healing and spiritual society of the Anishinaabe Nation responsible for protecting the teachings, ceremonies, laws, and history of the Anishinaabe. His Spirit Name is Mizhana Gheezhik (The One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky).

He graduated from law school in 1979. He has been involved with the justice system in Manitoba for over 40 years, first as a lawyer representing Indigenous clients, as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Robson Hall, as Associate Chief Judge of Manitoba’s Provincial Court and as a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench. He was the first Indigenous Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the TRC’s widely influential report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events. In 2017 Governor General Julie Payette awarded him and the other TRC Commissioners the Meritorious Service Cross (Civilian) (MSC) for service to Canada for their work on the TRC.

He was active within the profession and his community and was a member of the faculty of the National Judicial Institute training judges about Indigenous law and social justice issues. He has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001), its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and the CBA President’s medal (2018). He has been named as one of Canada’s Indigenous People’s Counsel (IPC) by the Indigenous Bar Association.
He has received Honorary Doctorates from 14 universities. He retired from the Bench in January 2016, and was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016. He retired from the Senate effective January 31, 2021, to return to the practice of law and to mentor young lawyers. He is currently writing his memoirs.

He has been invited to speak throughout Canada and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of the Commonwealth Courts. He continues to maintain an active public speaking schedule.

The Honourable Murray Sinclair LLB MSC IPC

In honour of our 25th anniversary, we will be presenting the inaugural Roots of Empathy Award, this year focusing on Social Justice, to His Honour Justice Murray Sinclair, LLB, MSC, IPC. He is Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. He is a Fourth Degree Chief of the Midewiwin Society, a traditional healing and spiritual society of the Anishinaabe Nation responsible for protecting the teachings, ceremonies, laws, and history of the Anishinaabe. Among his many achievements:   he was the first Indigenous Judge appointed in Manitoba and the second in Canada;  he served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and was Chief Commissioner of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Roots of Empathy is honoured to be able to present this award to His Honour Justice Murray Sinclair.

Schedule

Exact times are not listed because this is a live broadcast and may be subject to change.  However, presentations range from 5-20 min. with the exception of our 30 min.  leaders’ panel on Day 2.

Day 1 | May 11 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Dr. Richard Davidson (Keynote Speaker), How do we Solve our Crisis of Well-Being? 

Jimmie Briggs and Jesse Lipscombe, Black Fatherhood: A Conversation Across Borders 

Dr. Dan Siegel, Dissolving Borders Through Empathy 

Dr. Michael Ungar, The Empathy Question: How Does our Experience of Social Justice Impact Empathy?

Cafes: (All Cafes include audience Q&A and start at aprox. 2:30)

Cafe 1 – Dr. Michele Borba, Why do Some Kids Struggle While Others Shine?

Cafe 2 – Emma Brown, What we DON’T see – The Hidden Dilemma of Boys 

Cafe 3 – Moderated by Keita Demming (PhD). Speakers: Jimmie Briggs and Jesse Lipscombe, Continuing the dialogue on Black Fatherhood: A Conversation Across Borders 

Day 2 | May 12 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Hon. Christy Clark, Tamara Vrooman, Shahrzad Rafati (Leaders Panel), The Future of Leadership – Three Powerful Canadian Women on What It Takes to Lead

Prof. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (Keynote Speaker), Solving the Frankenstein Problem: The Importance of Empathy and Social Interaction in Brain Development

Dr. Andrew Meltzoff’s Interview with David Bornstein, Acting For and Against Others: The Beginnings of Altruism and Bias in Children

Dr. Bruce Perry, The Empathy Question: Why Is Empathy Vital to the World?

The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, 2021 Recipient of The Empathy Award in Social Justice

Talks

Day 1 | May 11

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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Participate in one of our three Cafes!

Please join us in one of our three Cafes on Day 1 where you can have the opportunity to chat with authors and activists!  

Cafe 1

Michelle Borba, Ed.D is a best-selling author, internationally recognized educator who has spoken to over one million parents and educators who will share her latest book Thrivers.  

Cafe 2

Emma Brown is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and author of To Raise A Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood.

Cafe 3 – Moderated by Keita Demming (PhD)

Jimmie Briggs, journalist, activist, writer, and Jesse Lipscombe, an actor, entrepreneur, and activist, continue their dialogue “Black Fatherhood: a Conversation across Borders” and provide the opportunity for participant interaction on the topic of raising kids in a post-pandemic world.

Day 2 | May 12

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

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Join the conversation #RootsOfEmpathySymposium

Speakers (by alphabetical order)

Additional Contact Information

 

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