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

Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2021


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Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change

Join us for the first event in the series Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change called ''Building Relationships with Indigenous Knowledge – The Charles R. Bronfman Lecture in Canadian Studies'' with Professor Shawn Wilson.

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Registration is required

Event description:

Whatever our roles in Canadian society, better engagement and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples is essential. In this Bronfman Lecture keynote address and launch event for the 'Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change' conference series, Professor Shawn Wilson will discuss how we can use a principled approach to developing healthier relations. He will explain how to apply these principles when working with Indigenous Knowledge.


Professor Shawn Wilson is Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada and now lives on Bundjalung land in eastern Australia. He is Director of Research at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University. Shawn’s doctoral thesis was in Indigenous knowledge, which followed study in psychology and zoology. His presentations communicate the theories underlying Indigenous research methodologies to diverse audiences. Through working with Indigenous people internationally, Shawn has applied Indigenist philosophy within the contexts of Indigenous education, health and counsellor education. In addition to further articulating Indigenous philosophies and research paradigms, his research focuses on the inter-related concepts of identity, health and healing, culture and wellbeing. This has led to the soon to be released Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling ways of knowing through Indigenous relationships His book, Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods has been cited more than 2,200 times and is used a text in many universities.

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.

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