Announcements & Events

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Canada at 150 Upcoming Publication:

Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal

   As we look toward upcoming ‘celebrations’ of Canada at 150, we are mindful that for many Indigenous people and their allies, this commemoration has different implications. We recognize that for many, it will be an anniversary of mourning, loss, and continued colonization. Thus, as a counter to the forthcoming ‘celebratory’ publications and events, we have gathered an Indigenous response by means of an edited collection of essays and artistic contributions of scholarly and community-based works.

    Our vision is to produce a book that will have general appeal to community and academic audiences. It includes a broad range of topics, representing a diverse group of scholars, activists, artists, youth and community leaders from across Canada (and possibly beyond). As an anti-colonial text, we aim to celebrate our continued existence as Indigenous peoples, challenge the normative discourse concerning the status of the Canadian state, and stimulate discussion regarding the resurgence of our Nations and rebuilding of our communities, both urban and ‘on-reserve’. This represents an opportunity to not only educate settler Canadians about our histories and struggles with the Canadian state, but to also inform and inspire our youth.


Kiera Ladner & Myra Tait, forthcoming Arbeiter Ring Publishing, March 2017

October 13-November 10, 2015:  Visiting Scholar Vicki Saunders

 Vicki SaundersVicki Saunders is a Gunggari woman from Southern Central Queensland.  She is an associate member of the Collaborative Research in Empowerment and Wellbeing (CREW) group in Far North Queensland, a PhD candidate within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, and a Team Investigator within the JCU led Building Indigenous Research Capacity (BIRC) project, School of Public Health Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences.  Trained in psychology and public health, she has been involved for over 15 years in a range of research and creative projects with Indigenous and community based organisations across North Queensland, Australia.  Her research interests are in the areas of creative or arts informed research methodologies, poetic inquiry and Indigenous social emotional wellbeing with a particular focus on empowerment, mental health and recovery.  Her PhD, entitled “If you knew the end of a story would you still want to hear it?”, uses poetic inquiry to explore notions of Recovery in the context of Aboriginal mental health care in North Queensland, Australia.

Mamawipawin Opening!
Indigenous Governance and Community Based Research Space

Please join us on Wednesday January 18, 2012 from 2:00pm - 4:30 pm in Room 405 Isbister Building at the University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) for the Official Opening of Mamawipawin.  Tea and Bannock will be served.

 Mamawipawin is a physical, a technological and an intellectual space which will enable both discussions of, and potentially the realization of, resurgence, resistance and transformation in Indigenous politics and Indigenous research.