Inaugural lecture in Public Anthropology to explore cottage country, treaties and Indigenous wellness, Nov. 13

Artwork by Métis (Otipemisiwak) artist Christi Belcourt

The Department of Anthropology is hosting its inaugural lecture in Public Anthropology titled “Behind the Paradise of Cottage Country: Treaties, Indigenous Wellness, and Applying Anthropology” on Nov. 13 starting at 11 a.m. The lecture will be presented on the Zoom platform.

The lecture is part of the new Certificate in Public Anthropology, which is focused on engaged, community-oriented teaching and research in advocacy and social justice issues.

Darrel Manitowabi, associate professor, Human Sciences and the Inaugural AMS Hannah Chair in the History of Indigenous Health and Indigenous Traditional Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), will deliver this special presentation.

In his presentation, Manitowabi will explore how anthropology can be applied in the context of First Nations treaties and litigations. Professor Emerita Naomi Adelson, Department of Anthropology, York University and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University will serve as a discussant and reflect on the promises and challenges of taking anthropology outside academia.

Manitowabi is Three Fires (Odawa, Ojibwa, Potawatomi) Anishinaabe from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. He recently served as the director of Northern and Community Studies at Laurentian University and was the director of Indigenous Affairs at NOSM in 2018 and the assistant dean of Graduate Studies in 2019.

Adelson is a medical anthropologist and has conducted research in collaboration with the Whapmagoostui Cree of northern Québec since the late 1980s.

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