TORONTO, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – As National Indigenous Peoples Day approaches, York University Indigenous experts can discuss Indigenous slavery in Canada, gender and colonization, justice, Métis treaties, the importance of Indigenizing education, as well as Indigenous knowledge systems and their effect on environmental governance and sustainable development, and more.
Signa Daum Shanks (Métis), an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, can talk about Indigenous legal issues, Indigenous slavery in Canada, Métis treaties, the complexities of Indigenous governance and the role of Indigenous history as evidence in court. She can also speak to the reasons and importance of Indigenizing the learning/education process. She is a United Nations appointed participant in the UN’s annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Ruth Koleszar-Green (Mohawk), an assistant professor at the School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS), can discuss the importance of incorporating Indigenous histories and knowledges in social work education, as well as the issues of guest/host relationships and impacts on education in Indigenous communities. She is co-chair of the Indigenous Council at York and special advisor to the University’s president on Indigenous initiatives.
Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw), associate professor and co-ordinator of the new Indigenous Studies Program in the Department of Equity Studies, LA&PS, can talk about urban, non-status and Métis identities, gender and colonization, federally unrecognized Indigenous communities and Indigenous justice. She is the author of Fractured Homeland: Algonquin Identity and Federal Recognition in Ontario, which addresses relations between status and non-status Algonquins as part of the Ottawa Valley land claim, and "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood.
Deborah McGregor (Anishinaabe), a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York U, can discuss Indigenous knowledge systems and why they’re important to environmental governance, justice, forest policy, sustainable development and management. She is the principal investigator of the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project, a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded initiative that looks at the inequitable distribution of the costs and benefits of environmental degradation. She is also co-editor of Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age (2010).
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