Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change

Posted on Monday, November 8, 2021

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The Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change series spotlights the efforts of Indigenous communities to collect, preserve, control and mobilize their oral and written histories. It also identifies best practices of both Indigenous and settler K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions for incorporating these histories into their history education programs without recolonizing Indigenous peoples and their meanings.

The series is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies and the Faculties of Education and of Arts at the University of Ottawa. It is organized in collaboration with the History in Canada: First Peoples’ Perspectives project initiated by the Cégep de l'Outaouais, the Indigenous Affairs and the KitiganZibi First Nation Cultural Education Centre.

October 20 | 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Building Relationships with Indigenous Knowledge – The Charles R. Bronfman Lecture in Canadian Studies

In this Bronfman Lecture keynote address and launch event for the 'Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change' conference series, Professor Shawn Wilson discussed how we can use a principled approach to developing healthier relations. He explained how to apply these principles when working with Indigenous Knowledge.

Presenter: Shawn Wilson

November 10 | 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Treaty and Inherent rights and kinship responsibilities to guide all the children in a natural ethical way

In this presentation, University of Alberta doctoral candidate Dale Saddleback discussed themes of loss, learning from mistakes and mutual respect.

Presenter: Dale Saddleback

November 10 | 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Indigenous Research Chairs on Historical Memory and the Teaching of the Past

In this conversation, professors Alan CorbiereBrenda Macdougall and Pierrot Ross-Tremblay  explored themes of cultural appropriation and recolonization in educational contexts.

Presenters: Alan CorbiereBrenda MacdougallPierrot Ross-Tremblay. 

November 24 | 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Social Memory Technology or the Right to Memory: The perspective of the Museum of the Person

In this conversation, founder and director of Museu da Pessoa, Karen Worcman discussed Social Memory Technology, the concept of the ‘right of memory’ and the production of history.

Registration is required.

Presenter: Karen Worcman

November 24 | 7 pm to 8:30 pm

“Yarning about Yarning”

This event focused on ‘Yarning' and  Professor Stuart Barlo, Dean of the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University, explained and elaborated the connections between the Yarning Method of communication and Indigenous knowledges.

Registration is required.

Presenter: Stuart Barlo

December 8 | 3 pm to 4:30 pm

The Social Memory Technology or the Power of Life Stories: Karen Worcman in Conversation with Pierrot Ross-Tremblay

In this exchange, the presenters used museum case studies from Brazil to illustrate the methodology of Social Memory Technology.

Registration is required.

Presenters: Karen Worcman and Pierrot Ross-Tremblay

December 8 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (en français)

History of Canada: First Peoples' perspectives

In this conversation, speakers presented the vision and objectives of the collaborative project 'History of Canada: First Peoples' perspectives.'

Registration is required.

Presenters: Christian Labrecque, Diane Le May, Eddy Malenfant, Pierrot Ross-Tremblay and Anita Tenasco

January 19 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Transpacific Encounters, National Historic Sites and Cultural Renewal in a First Nation Community

In this conversation, Margaretta James provided direct observations and experiences of language revitalization, cultural preservation, spirituality, sciences in relationship to the land of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht peoples.

Registration is required

Presenter: Margaretta James

February 2 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Mapping our ways: Critical Cartography for the Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin

In this presentation, Cheryl Recollet and Nicky Recollet demonstrated how the Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin have adopted critical cartography to re-visualize ancient maps and historical research.

Registration is required

Presenters: Cheryl Recollet and Nicky Recollet

February 16 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Indigenous People’s Perspectives on their Own Histories

In this presentation, Christian Coocoo, David Gascon and Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert talked about the creation of an Atikamekw social studies curriculum known as the Kiskinohamasowin Atisokana program, taught at the primary and secondary levels. The objective of this program is to offer the Atikamekw youth an opportunity to better know the realities of their nation and those of other peoples.

Registration is required

Presenters: Christian CoocooDavid Gascon et Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert

March 2 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Mi'kmaw Perspectives on Public School Education

In this conversation, Corinne Chappel and Stephen Augustine described their diverse efforts at returning Indigenous l'nu knowledge to l'nu youth on their territories in Mi'kma'ki and  Omeasoo Wahpasiw described her experiences in order to develop appropriate land relationships amongst all Canadians as relevant to the public school system.

Registration required

Presenters: Corinne Chappel, Stephen Augustine and Omeasoo Wahpasiw


March 30 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Transformative action and the Intercollegiate Decolonization Network

In this conversation, Deborah Rose Lunny, Kim Tekakwitha Martin and Miah Otter will introduce IDN’s methodology and Action Plan “Taking action on systemic racism in college education in Quebec: An Indigenous focus”.

Registration required

Presenters: Deborah Rose Lunny, Kim Tekakwitha Martin and Miah Otter

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