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Indigenous Speaker Series

Posted by GHO Admin on October 20, 2014 in Events

Dates: Oct 24 & Nov 14, 2014
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen St.

Friday October 24, 6pm-9pm (Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen St.)
Speaker: Damien Lee (Anishnaabe), PhD Candidate (University of Manitoba) and Community Governance Coordinator (Fort William First Nation)
Title: “Who are you Calling an Indian?: Band Membership, the Indian Act, and Belonging.”

Damien Lee has recently published several chapters and articles regarding Indigenous forms of resurgence and resistance to colonialism. He also has a keen interest in the politics of identity and belonging in indigenous communities, and is currently working on developing a new band membership code for his home community. His talk will focus on the ways in which the Indian Act continues to undermine Anishnaabe understandings of identity and belonging.

Friday November 14, 6pm-9pm (Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen St.)
Speaker: Dr. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Anishnaabekwe), author (Islands of Decolonial Love, The Gift is in the Making, and Dancing on our Turtle's Back)
Title: Islands of Decolonial Love

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is “a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism.” In 2014, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King, and she was also nominated for a National Magazine Award for her short story “Treaties” published in Geist 90. In 2012, she won Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing From the Margins prize for short fiction. Leanne is the author of three books; Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making and Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is An Honour Song (with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi collective). Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and a member of Alderville First Nation.

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