The York Centre for Education and Community (YCEC) will host a public lecture on colonialism and the school system when it presents guest lecturer Brenda J. Child on Oct. 27.
Child will deliver a lecture on “Remembering Colonialism: The Boarding School as a Metaphor” in the Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College, from 4:30 to 6:30pm.
She will speak share insights from families who experienced, and continue to have as their legacy, the American Indian Boarding School system and an intrusive, moralistic federal administration.
The conversation will open opportunities for participants to consider the significance of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Report on the impact of Canadian Residential school system.
Child is a professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota, and former chair of the Department of American Indian Studies. She is the author of several books in American Indian history including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (1998); Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community (2012); Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education (2014); and My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation (2014).
Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where she is a citizen.
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:
- Terry Swan – Cree/Salteaux/Métis of the Fish Clan from Alberta, director of the Canadian Programs of Save the Children Canada;
- Martin Cannon – citizen of the Oneida Nation of Six Nations at Grand River Territory, associate professor in the Department of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto; and
- Deborah McGregor – Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation, associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
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