Second annual Indigenous Women’s Speakers Series presents ‘Politics, Knowledge, Ecology, Culture,’ April 8

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The Centre for Feminist Research presents the second annual Indigenous Women’s Speakers’ Series event titled “Politics, Knowledge, Ecology, Culture” on Monday, April 8 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 519 Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus.

This highly popular speaker series returns with a special panel featuring Indigenous scholars Deborah McGregor, a York University professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, and University of Toronto professors Cheryl Suzack and Karyn Recollet. The panel will be moderated by York Professor Elaine Coburn.

Each panellist will speak about her scholarship, followed by a moderated conversation on the themes of politics, knowledge, ecology and culture. The panel will end with a Q-and-A. This free event is open to the public.

About the panellists:

Deborah McGregor (Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation) is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Her research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts, including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. McGregor’s research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She co-edited Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age (2010) with Mario Blaser, Ravi De Costa and William Coleman (2010) and she is also co-editor of the Anishinaabewin conference proceedings series with Alan and Mary Ann Corbiere and Crystal Migwans.

Karyn Recollet (Cree) is an assistant professor in the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. She is an urban Indigenous scholar and writer whose work focuses on urban Indigenous arts praxis in relationship to complex forms of urban glyphing, expressing an understanding of land pedagogies that exceed the terrestrial. Recollet’s work focuses on gestures and bundling to map out Indigenous futurist thought and relational practices of being.

Cheryl Suzack (Batchewana First Nations) is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on Indigenous law and literature, with an emphasis on writing by Indigenous women. In her 2017 book, Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, Suzack explores how Indigenous women’s writing from Canada and the United States addresses case law concerning tribal membership, intergenerational residential school experiences and land claims. Her current project analyzes Justice Thurgood Marshall’s papers in the context of Indian civil rights claims from the 1960s. She is a co-editor of The Critical Work of Law and Literature (University of Toronto Quarterly, Fall 2013) with Greig Henderson and Simon Stern, and a co-editor and contributor to the award-winning collection Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (UBC 2010) with Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault and Jean Barman. Suzack is cross-appointed to Indigenous Studies. In January 2018, she was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University.

This event is co-sponsored by the following at York University: the Glendon Indigenous Council, the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, the Department of Politics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and the Faculty of Environmental Studies. The Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto is also an event co-sponsor.

Organizers request that to assist with planning, those interested in attending this panel RSVP by email to the Centre for Feminist Research at