Mohawk philosopher, writer, teacher looks at indigenous nationhood


Taiaiake Alfred, a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) philosopher, writer and teacher, will deliver a talk on “The Regeneration of Indigenous Nationhood” on Monday, March 29, 5:30 to 7pm, in 306 Lumbers Blding. on the Keele campus.

Left and below: Taiaiake Alfred 

Alfred’s presentation is part of the Sovereignty, Indigenous Knowledges and Environment Seminar Series, sponsored by York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Indigenous Leadership Working Group.

 Alfred has emerged as an influential figure in the new generation of indigenous leaders. He was born at Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) and raised in the community of Kahnawake, and has long been involved in the public life of his own indigenous nation and others. He is the author of two books, Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors, on Native nationalism; and Peace, Power, Righteousness, an essay on indigenous ethics.







A prominent voice in scholarly circles, Alfred is an award-winning journalist known for his passionate and incisive commentary on politics and culture. As a young man, he served as an infantryman in the US Marine Corps, and later earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Concordia University and a PhD in government from Cornell University. He holds a Canada Research Chair and is a professor in the Indigenous Governance Programs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria.