UofMosaic Fellows and Indigenous Youth Leaders with Honourary Peace Patron Senator Murray Sinclair
On May 18th, 2016, at our annual Peace Patron Dinner, we paid tribute to an outstanding Canadian, as an Honorary Peace Patron in recognition of his exemplary life’s work in promoting peace and reconciliation. This year, we were privileged to honour the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair. The evening was also a celebration of Canada and the exceptional young Canadians that work with the Mosaic Institute to build a stronger Canada and a more peaceful world.
The Peace Patron Dinner was a sold-out evening attended by nearly 500 guests. Presentations included Elder Fred Kelly, who opened the event with a Traditional Protocol and Spiritual Dish Ceremony, a video greeting from the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, addresses by Vahan Kololian, Founding Chair of the Mosaic Institute, Bernie M. Farber, its Executive Director and his Worship, Mayor John Tory. The evening culminated in a moving speech by Senator Sinclair, where he challenged all the attendees to look inside themselves with his truthful reflections on Canada’s historical treatment of Indigenous peoples. Senator Sinclair elaborated upon the true nature of reconciliation with his own unique brand of humility, which he explained as a continual process of forgiveness and understanding on a daily basis. One of the most powerful moments of the evening was Senator Sinclair calling on survivors of the residential school system and their descendants to stand and be identified by the audience. Among others, Elder Fred Kelly, Phil Fontaine, Roberta Jamieson, Dr. Cindy Blackstock along with over 20 Chiefs of First Nations and dozens of young Indigenous community leaders stood. Through his profoundly humanistic appeals, Senator Sinclair indicated that each and every one of us can make Canada a better country when we treat others different than us with respect, and strive to understand each other’s unique story and place in the world.
The Peace Patron Dinner enables the Mosaic Institute to raise significant funds for our operational budget. It is through the generosity of all our supporters that enable us to continue to:
- Encourage the respectful dialogue and engagement of difference as the solution to many of the issues and conflicts that divide us;
- Conduct research that is thoughtful and rigorous; and
- Act as a national platform through which the voices and perspectives of young, globally-minded Canadians can be heard.
We are deeply grateful for the invaluable support that we have received, which made this event such an incredible success.
We thank the following for standing with us:
The Honorable Senator Murray Sinclair
The 2016 Peace Patron Dinner was made possible through the financial support of the following:
We also thank our Board of Directors and our Advisory Council Members for their unwavering support of the Mosaic Institute. Our appreciation to the Mosaic Institute’s staff: Bernie M. Farber, Wendy Sung-Aad, Rachel Mansell and Alpha Abebe for their dedication and hard work as supported that evening by our volunteers: Sayjon Ariyarathnam, Teresa Gomes, Diane Hill, Lorina Hoxha, Hodo Hussein, Luula Hassan, Kashaf Mansoor, Dalu Ndlovu, Mohit Pramanik, Akshay Sharma, Priya Soundranayagam, and Natalia Valencia.
A final thanks to our Master of Ceremonies Steve Paikin O.C., O. Ont., Philip Street, Hilary Doyle and Damian Kearns for their gift of the Tribute video for Senator Sinclair, and UofMosaic Fellow Dalu Ndlovu for his heartfelt presentation.
If this event inspires you to engage further with the Mosaic Institute, we invite you to:
- Contact Wendy Sung-Aad to find out how you can get involved by volunteering or to make a donation;
- Visit the Mosaic Institute’s website to learn more or to watch our video; or
- Subscribe to our newsletter or connect with us on social media
We look forward to welcoming you at future Mosaic Institute events.