Indigenous Speakers Series presents Chelsea Vowel

Thursday, February 8, 2024 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

The Indigenous Speakers Series is honoured to present Chelsea Vowel, a public intellectual, writer, educator, and Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

About the speaker

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Parent to six children, she has a BEd, LLB, and MA. She is an Associate Lecturer and Cree language instructor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

Chelsea's work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, futurisms, and resurgence. Author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, she and her co-host Molly Swain produce the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, and co-founded the Métis in Space Land Trust. Her first collection of short fiction, Buffalo is the New Buffalo, was published in 2022 by Arsenal Pulp Press.

Indigenous Futurisms

Please join us in Theatre of the Arts (ML) for Chelsea's engaging presentation "âniskôhôcikan, Like a String of Beads: Indigenous Futurisms." Indigenous futurisms, a term coined by Grace Dillon and indebted to Afrofuturism, seeks to describe a movement of art, literature, games, and other forms of media that express Indigenous perspectives on the future, present, and past. How can Indigenous futurisms help us think and act otherwise?

Illustration of Chelsea Vowel with a pink and purple background

Portrait of Chelsea Vowel by Hawlii Pichette, Urban Iskwew.

Please note: Registration is now closed. If you weren't able to join us, keep an eye on our YouTube channel for the recording of the talk.

Register to attend the Indigenous Speakers Series with Chelsea Vowel