February 14, 2018 – Kathleen Mahoney, QC, Professor of Law, University of Calgary


The Canadian Club of Calgary is extremely pleased to welcome Kathleen Mahoney as our February 14, 2018 luncheon speaker, whose talk topic is entitled “Recognition and Reconciliation.” 

Kathleen Mahoney will argue that since Confederation in 1867, Canada has identified and conducted itself as a country of two founding nations, the British and the French, while subordinating the status of Indigenous peoples. A new project is seeking to alter that narrative through official recognition, on the 150th anniversary of the 1867 confederation, of the foundational contributions of Indigenous peoples to the formation of Canada, in addition to  the British and the French. By resetting Canada’s origin story, future generations will better understand the true nature of the country’s origins, and we will improve the context for discussion and action on commitments already made to reconciliation, building nation-to-nation relationships and rights to self-determination.

Speaker’s Bio

Professor Kathleen E. Mahoney has a JD from the University of British Columbia, an LLM degree from Cambridge University and a Diploma in Inernational Comparative Human Rights from the Strasbourg International Human Rights Institute in France.

She is Professor of Law at the University of Calgary and Queen’s Counsel.  She was the Chief Negotiator for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples claim for cultural genocide against Canada, achieving the largest financial settlement in Canadian history for the mass human rights violations against the indigenous peoples of Canada. She was the primary architect of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and led the negotiations for the historic apology from the Canadian Parliament and from Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

She was co-counsel for Bosnia Herzegovina in their genocide action against Serbia in the International Court of Justice with the result that the definition of genocide in the Genocide Convention was altered to include mass rapes and forced pregnancy as genocide offences.

Among her many awards and distinctions, Professor Mahoney is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Queen’s Counsel, a Trudeau Fellow, and a Fulbright and Human Rights Fellow (Harvard). She received the Governor General’s medal for her contribution to equality in Canada. She has held Visiting Professorships or Fellowships at Harvard University, The University of Chicago, Adelaide University, University of Western Australia, Griffiths University, the National University of Australia and Ulster University.

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
11:30AM to 1:15PM

Event Schedule:
11:30PM – Registration
12:00PM to 1:15PM – Lunch

Ranchmen’s Club – Lobby, 3rd floor
710 13 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0K9