ReconciliAction and Me is a workshop designed to help Canadians have a better understanding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Calls To Action. Most people are able to locate their professional lives within the 94 Calls but what about our personal lives? In order to walk a genuine path towards a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, there has to be a holistic approach to reconciliation.
Jude was born in Sheet Harbour, NS and is a member of the Millbrook First Nation. He has worked for several federal departments including the RCMP, Correctional Services Canada, and Veteran’s Affairs.
He has also worked for many departments within the Nova Scotia public service, including Education and Early Childhood Education, (where he helped established Treaty Education in Nova Scotia) Communities Culture and Heritage, the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives, and currently is the Chief Diversity Officer and Equity Curriculum Consultant for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Jude has worked at a number of Post Secondary Institutions in Nova Scotia and served on the National Indigenous Education Advisory Committee for Colleges and Institutions Canada. Jude has been a speaker at national and international conferences on systemic oppression and racial identity. He has trained with International equity leaders in Cultural Proficiency and was the first Canadian to be trained as a facilitator in Beyond Diversity2, Courageous Conversations about Race, and received an Award of Recognition from the Pacific Educational Group for his work in reducing the achievement gap for First Nation and African Canadian students. He has facilitated National conversations around the National Action Plan for the MMIWG Calls to Justice and the Daniel’s Decision. Most recently he received his
Certified Diversity Executive designation from the Institute for Diversity Certification in Indianapolis, Indiana and was the first Mi’kmaq employee to be awarded the NS Premier’s Award of Excellence.