Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series

The Office of Indigenous Engagement is hosting a speaker series featuring Indigenous scholars at the University of Manitoba. These talks will highlight the research and expertise of Indigenous scholars, while providing new opportunities for students, staff and faculty to learn about Indigenous perspectives and knowledges.

During the winter term, the talks will take place every second week starting January 31, 2019, alternating between the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses. Please carefully note the dates, times and locations. When possible, the talks will also be live streamed on the Indigenous Student Centre Facebook page.


Thursday, January 31, 2019
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Room 200, Education
Fort Garry Campus

Dr. Wanda Wuttunee
Professor, Department of Native Studies
Faculty of Arts

Stronger Together: Collaborations That Are Making Sense
Indigenous leaders have visions for how to build healthy, strong, independent communities but are often faced with limited resources and opportunities to realize their goals. Dr. Wuttunee will share examples from her research that show Indigenous citizens and their leadership are making a difference.

_____

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Room 264, Apotex Centre
Bannatyne Campus

Dr. Marcia Anderson
Executive Director, Indigenous Academic Affairs, Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Ten Ways Organizations Get in Their Own Way on "Indigenous Achievement" / "Reconciliation" / "Diversity" / "Inclusion" / "Anti-Racism"

Quite often, and maybe even more often than not, the gaps between the impacts that organizations are able to achieve in relation to "Indigenous Achievement" / "Reconciliation" / "Diversity" / "Inclusion" / "Anti-Racism and their intentions are wide and can seem insurmountable. This challenge is not limited to academic institutions. This talk will explore ten ways that organizations may be getting in their own way, and provide some reflections on embracing the required disruptions.

_____

Thursday, February 28, 2019
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Room 200, Education
Fort Garry Campus

Dr. Yvonne Pompana
Director and Associate Professor, Inner City Social Work ACCESS Program
Faculty of Social Work

The Inner City Social Work Program: 37 Years of Educational Equity in the Inner City

The Inner City Social Work Program (ICSWP) of the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Social Work is a unique off-campus program committed to educational equity. The Program was founded in 1981 through the collaborative efforts of various levels of government, the Social Work Faculty, and community organizations. The ICSWP recruits mature students from Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee and other inner-city populations who are living below the poverty line. The systemic barriers which historically have prevented "non-traditional" students from attending university have been well documented. The prescription for success, as articulated by the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO): "active recruitment, financial assistance, personal counselling, tutoring, and specially structured introductory courses which integrate prerequisite skills with the initial phases of the programs to allow the students to catch up" (1998, p.104). NAPO further elaborated: "A successful example the type of programs we have in mind are the ACCESS programs developed in Manitoba in the 1980's..." (p. 104). One of those programs, in fact, is the ICSWP, arguably one of the most successful affirmative action programs in Canada. According to a report commissioned by the current Government of Manitoba, the student completion rate at the ICSWP is "substantially above that reported for most regular university programs" (Hikel, 1994, p. 43). In fact, the strongest quantitative indicators of the Program's success are the student completion rate (73%) and the employment rate (ranging from 70 to 80%). Citing these statistics, Hikel (1994) concluded: "We know of no other Access like program in Canada that can claim such success" (p. 8).

_____

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Room 264, Apotex Centre
Bannatyne Campus

Dr. Michelle Driedger
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Building Better Ways Forward: Engaging Metis in Health Research

Indigenous health research has come a long way from pan-Indigenous approaches to distinctions-based research for First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. Working in partnership with the Health and Wellness Department of the Manitoba Metis Federations, Dr. Driedger will share examples that have sought doing Metis research in a good way.

_____

Thursday, March 28, 2019
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Room 200, Education
Fort Garry Campus

Dr. Diedre Desmarais

Area Director, Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs
Extended Education

Health and Care For the 'Other' Indigenous People - The Métis Experience

Ill health due to epidemics that struck communities; low pensions from a lifetime of modest contributions and low paying jobs; the inability to secure a secondary pension that is monetarily matched by employers; illiteracy; and the absence of a powerful Indigenous political voice, combine to make the lives of many Indigenous seniors bleak and hopeless.

Dr. Desmarais claims that colonialsim created the circumstances whereby poverty became an assured consequence for many Indigenous people and the effects of a lifetime of limited opportunity exacerbates the problems associated with declining health among older people. Jurisdictional differences impede Indigenous political organizations' abilities to deal with the contemporary health crisis that currently plagues Indigenous communities and people. This is especially true for the Métis and Dr. Desmarais will share some of the reasons why.

_____

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Noon - 1 p.m.
Room 264, Apotex Centre
Bannatyne Campus

Dr. Catherine Cook
Vice-Dean, Indigenous
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Associate Dean, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health
Max Rady College of Medicine
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Rady Faculty of Healthy Sciences

More information coming soon.


FALL 2018 Speaker Series

September 20, 2018
Dr. Barry Lavallee
Senior Physician, Ongomiizwin-Education
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

To Be a Race or Not To Be a Race: the Paradox at the Academy
Indigenous peoples success within the academic institution exceeds the deficit narrative of the dead and dying Indian by far. This narrative remains persistent within the academy in many ways. While it is honorable and purposeful to celebrate Indigeneity at the institution, the realization of this settler obligation necessitates disruption and dismantling of practices and procedures that continue to advance whiteness. Elimination of Indigenous-specific racism within the institution is one of those obligations. While racialization of Indigenous peoples is acceptable in practice, the racialization of whites and other non-Indigenous persons is not. This paradox carries deliberate and detrimental consequences to Indigenous communities. The institution must not shy away from including racism and racialization across the domains of research, administration, and education.

Watch Dr. Lavallee's talk.

October 4, 2018
Dr. Laara Fitznor
Associate Professor, Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology
Faculty of Education

Indigenous Education and Understanding our 'Positionalities' for Bridging 'our Worlds' for Reconciliatory Efforts
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) calls for Reconciliation in the deepest and most engaging way possible. It is possible: Those of us in the field of education must respond through engaging deep philisophical approaches and deep self-knowledge about our social positioning in society. Knowing ourselves from different angles is an important part of understanding Indigenous education that calls for our reconciliatory efforts for engaging co-existence. The idea of positionality as an important part of getting to know ourselves within our multiple contexts of our social identities such as race, class, cultural survivance, genders, etc., all of which are shaped by historic processes that includes our habits, practices and discourses. Our willingness to examine Ourselves place visions and dreams into our hands for bridging realities and enacting reconciliation efforts.

October 18, 2018
Dr. Marlene Atleo
Senior Scholar, Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology
Faculty of Education

Our Stories are True, They Are Life Affirming Narratives: Storywork as Indigenous Survivance Scripts

Nuuchahnulth grandparents, the naniiqsu, spoke in storied discourse when we lived with them. Cultural narrative was the logic with which they talked about living. Their terms of reference were their lives and doings as storywork. The bits and pieces of Nuuchahnulth stories about here or there in the territory were continuously part of their meaning making with us when I was a young parent. Of course, we needed to know the time of day, how to do laundry and fish and berries and the other instrumental knowings in the bicultural demands of reserve life. But... the narrative frame in which we lived was and continues to be storied with survivance stories. In the presentation, I will share a storywork framework based in research with Elders and how the worked stories, "as far as I know".

Watch Dr. Atleo's talk.

November 1, 2018
Dr. Emma LaRocque
Professor, Department of Native Studies
Faculty of Arts

Decolonizing the University Classroom: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Dr. LaRocque will trace her experiences, observations and analyses of teaching within a very 'western' climate to current times and trends of "Indigenization."

November 15, 2018
No talk - fall reading break

November 29, 2018
Dr. Warren Cariou
Professor, Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media
Director, Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
Faculty of Arts

The Now Place: Indigenous Storytelling in the Contemporary World
While many of today's celebrated Indigenous artists and writers draw inspiration from their nations' traditional stories, far less attention has been given to the contemporary Indigenous storytellers who continue to share and perform these stories. In this talk, Warren Cariou will introduce listeners to the extraordinary work of three storytellers: Omushkego Cree Elder Louis Bird, Okanagan Syilx Elder Harry Robinson, and Kainai Elder Flora Zaharia. Though these Elders' stories provide crucial connections to Indigenous teachings that date back many generations, they are not in any way archaic. In fact, Cariou argues, they need to be understood as contemporary performances, revealing and expressing Indigenous cultural vitality in our present age. By focusing on representations of time and territory in these stories, Cariou will attempt to show how these storytellers perform an ethics of relationship that connects listeners and also teaches them about our responsibilities to one another and to our environment.

Watch Dr. Cariou's talk.

December 13, 2018
Dr. Fred Shore
Assistant Professor, Department of Native Studies
Faculty of Arts

So, Why Are the Metis So Hard to Identify?
Historically, the Metis have been called everything from Half-Breeds to Mixed Bloods. Today, there is the problem of people in Eastern Canada who call themselves Metis but who are more than likely First Nations. The Canadian inability to let go of the colonial underpinning of our nation continues to contribute to the problem of Metis identity. A possible imminent settlement of the Metis land claim makes the need for a solution a priority but we are far from an acceptable solution for all concerned.

Watch Dr. Shore's talk.



For more information please contact:
Ruth Shead
Coordinator, Indigneous Achievement
204-474-6747
indigenous.engagement@umanitoba.ca