What Does Reconciliation Look Like? Speakers’ Bios

Moderator: Patti Laboucane-Benson

Patti Laboucane-Benson is a Métis woman and the Director of Research, Training, and Communication at Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA). She has a Ph.D. in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family Resilience. Her doctoral research explored how providing historic trauma healing programs for Aboriginal offenders builds resilience in Aboriginal families and communities. She has also been the recipient of the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Award for Education. She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta.


Aideen Nabigon - Canada

Aideen Nabigon was involved in efforts to resolve the legacy of Indian residential schools for several years and in different capacities. She was the Director General of Settlement Agreement Policy and Partnerships at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada where she also oversaw preparations for the Prime Minister's Apology to survivors of residential schools. After leaving the public service, Aideen set up a management consulting business and is currently working on Indigenous prison reform and advising Canada School of Public Service on its Indigenous Learning Series.

Bongani Mgijima - South Africa

Bongani Mgijima has worked in various capacities in the rich field of memory work for almost 15 years, specializing in museology, heritage and responsible tourism. His main interest is on how historically divided pasts can be recovered in order to create inclusive futures. In 1998 he was instrumental in the establishment of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, which remains the first township based museum in the Province of the Western Cape.

Dr. Anna Kaminsky - Germany

Anna Kaminsky was born and raised in the former GDR. She has worked as researcher on memory politics and as expert in different functions for German historic institutions and commissions. She is a member in advisory boards of different memorials (e.g. Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen). In her current position she promotes a comprehensive reappraisal of the causes, history, and impact of the dictatorship in the Soviet zone of occupation in East Germany and the former GDR.

Dr. Daniel Rafecas - Argentina

​Daniel Rafecas and his team have been researching the biggest investigation about crimes against humanity known as the "First Body of Army" (Primer Cuerpo de Ejército), with thousands of victims, hundreds of perpetrators and several dozens of clandestine centres of kidnapping and torture. In his judiciary work, he deals with crimes such as illegal detentions, tortures, kidnapping, persecution and forced disappearances.