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CICAS Talk Series 2017-2018

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences (CICAS) and Enji giigdoyang, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, are delighted to start the 2017-2018 CICAS year with a “From This Place” talk series on indigenizing methodologies. The series are organized as a set of open-ended, inclusive dialogues between faculty, students, the speakers, and the community. Their aim is to create a space where new ways of thinking can flourish and where various aspects of our responsibility and relationality as scholars, teachers, students, and community members can be nourished and shared.

DIALOGUE #3:
DANCE FOR CHANGE: INDIGENOUS PRINCIPLES AS MINO BIMAADIZIWIN (THE GOOD LIFE)

Date: March 5, 2018 | Time: 1:00-2:30pm | Location: Room A236

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Exploring the culturally constructed artifact of powwow beyond the aesthetic and stereotypical imagery, this panel provides a forum for discussing how powwow culture has been a conduit for Indigenous knowledge, principles, and philosophy. We invite the community, faculty, students, and staff to join us for another "From This Place" dialogue with Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane, University of Alberta and Dr. Cindy Peltier and Neva Isaac of Nipissing University.

KAREN PHEASANT-NEGANIGWANE

Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is Anishinaabe-kwe originally from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. She is a mother of three and blessed kokum of seven grandchildren. Karen’s philosophy is that each person contains a gift that provides for a Good Life, Mino Bimaadiziwin. She believes that the stories within oneself, the community and the land of the people is imperative to the empowerment of people. She brings this principle to her work and her writing. Both of Karen’s parents went to Indian Residential School, and as the eldest child of trauma impacted parents, she has chosen to take their IRS experience to direct her PhD research work at the University of Alberta.

NEVA ISAAC-SANDS

Neva Isaac is Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ojibway and Oneida Nation; she is Turtle and Wolf clan and has worked within First Nations and Indigenous Families for over 17 years in the fields of social work, child protection and support, Indigenous healing and ending domestic violence against aboriginal women. Neva earned a BSW from Ryerson University in the Aboriginal Field of Study and she has completed her MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University in the Aboriginal Field of Study.

DR. CINDY PELTIER

Dr. Cindy Peltier is Anishinaabe-kwe with connections to both Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and Nipissing Nation. As Chair in Indigenous Education at Nipissing University, she leads the university in the process of Indigenization - the respectful inclusion of Indigenous knowledge enhancing the learning experience and supporting a diverse research culture at Nipissing. Dr. Peltier’s own research focuses on Anishinaabe mno bimaadiziwin and experiences of Anishinaabe wellness.




DIALOGUE 2:
FROM THIS PLACE: FOUR R’S OF INDIGENOUS RESEARCH AND PEDAGOGY

Date: October 27, 2017 | Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm | Location: Room A137

Bedard-Renee-Painting.jpgBy: DR. CINDY PELTIER, TANYA LUKIN-LINKLATER, DR. RÉNEE BEDARD, DR. CARLY DOKIS and DR. KIRSTEN GREER

Image by Dr. Renee Bedard

DR. CINDY PELTIER (Chair of Indigenous Education)

Biography:

Dr. Cindy Peltier is Anishinaabe-kwe with connections to both Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and Nipissing Nation. As Chair in Indigenous Education at Nipissing University, she leads the university in the process of Indigenization - the respectful inclusion of Indigenous knowledge enhancing the learning experience and supporting a diverse research culture at Nipissing. Dr. Peltier’s own research focuses on Anishinaabe mno bimaadiziwin and experiences of Anishinaabe wellness.

DR. RENÉE BEDARD (Assistant Professor, Native Studies)

Biography:

Dr. Renée E. Mzinegiizhigo-kwe Bédard is of Anishinaabeg ancestry and a member of Dokis First Nation. She holds a Ph.D. from Trent University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Nipissing University in the Department of Native Studies. Her area of publication includes work related to topics involving mothering, environmental issues, women Elders, and women's artistic expressions.

TANYA LUKIN-LINKLATER (Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives)

Biography:

Tanya Lukin-Linklater is the Director of Indigenous Initiatives at Nipissing University. Her Master’s of Education is in the field of Educational Policy Studies with a specialization in First Nations Education from University of Alberta. She also studied at Stanford University, and is currently a doctoral student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her publications and research-creation focus on contemporary Indigenous art practices and the tensions between Indigenous peoples and the museum.

DR. CARLY DOKIS (Associate Professor, Anthropology)

Biography:

Dr. Carly Dokis is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Nipissing University. Her research explores the political ecology of environmental governance in northern Canada. Carly has worked with Anishinaabe communities in northern Ontario and Dene communities in the Northwest Territories with a broad focus on institutional and state logics of environmental management and how these contrast with the experiential, symbolic, and affective attachments that people have to particular places.

DR. KIRSTEN GREER (Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Histories and Geographies, Assistant Professor, History and Geography)

Biography

Dr. Kirsten Greer is a Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Histories and Geographies. She is also an Assistant Professor, History & Geography, at Nipissing University. Her research interests include Networks of empire, science, and nature; imperial geopolitics; environmental histories of the British Empire; colonial afterlives of imperial knowledge; and politics of biodiversity heritage.

DIALOGUE 1:
FROM THIS PLACE: INDIGENIZING THE RESEARCH PROCESS AND PEDAGOGY

Date: September 26, 2017 | Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm | Location: Room A137

The first dialogue of the “From This Place: Indigenizing the Research Process and Pedagogy” is led by: DR. CINDY PELTIER, DR. RENEE BEDARD, SAMANTHA BRAND & BERLINDA WABEGIJIG

Image by Dr. Renee Bedard

DR. CINDY PELTIER will open the discussion with a talk titled, “Indigenizing the Research Process”

Description:

How can the Nipissing University community contribute to Indigenization? In this talk Dr. Peltier will demonstrate how an Indigenous Research Paradigm is used to inform her approach to both research and pedagogy. She will share how this process can respectfully include Indigenous ways of being and knowing.

Biography:

Dr. Cindy Peltier is Anishinaabe-kwe with connections to both Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and Nipissing Nation. As Chair in Indigenous Education at Nipissing University, she leads the university in the process of Indigenization - the respectful inclusion of Indigenous knowledge enhancing the learning experience and supporting a diverse research culture at Nipissing. Dr. Peltier’s own research focuses on Anishinaabe mno bimaadiziwin and experiences of Anishinaabe wellness.

DR. RENEE BEDARD will continue the discussion with “' Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin': A Traditional Anishinaabeg Model for Teaching and Learning in the Academy”

Biographical Profile:

Renée E. Mzinegiizhigo-kwe Bédard is of Anishinaabeg ancestry and a member of Dokis First Nation. She holds a Ph.D. from Trent University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Nipissing University in the Department of Native Studies. Her area of publication includes work related to topics involving mothering, environmental issues, women Elders, and women's artistic expressions.

SAMANTHA BRAND and BERLINDA WABEGIJIG will add their voice to the discussion of the indigenizing process by sharing their perspectives.

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