Disability Decolonized: Keynote Presentation by Dr. Rheanna Robinson

Friday, December 1, 2023 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

In observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and Indigenous Disability Awareness Month, the Disability Inclusion Team and the Office of Indigenous Relations are honoured to co-host a keynote presentation on Indigenous perspectives on disability. 

Keynote speaker Dr. Rheanna Robinson will draw on her lived experience as a Métis woman with a disability, her work as a disability advocate, and her research as an Indigenous scholar at the University of Northern British Columbia. 

Please join in person or via live-stream.

Event Details: 

Date: Friday December 1, 2023 
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm 
Location: Fed Hall, University of Waterloo. 
Livestream: Zoom with live captioning 

Accessibility: The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo.  

The in-person event will include ASL interpretation and live captioning  

If you have questions concerning accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact the event organizers by email, at aoda@uwaterloo.ca or by phone at 519 888-4567 ext. 40548. 

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Dr. Rheanna Robinson

Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia

My name is Dr. Rheanna Robinson. Land acknowledgments are important and I would like to begin by acknowledging the territory of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation where the Prince George campus of UNBC is located and I have had the privilege to live, work, and learn for more than two decades. I am Métis and a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. Raised in Smithers, BC, I have a long history in Northern British Columbia and have been involved with UNBC as a student, staff, faculty member, and volunteer since 1995. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in History and First Nations Studies at UNBC in 2001, a Master of Arts degree in First Nations Studies at UNBC in 2007, and completed my PhD in Educational Studies at UBC in 2016. 

I am an Indigenous scholar who is deeply committed to the discipline of First Nations Studies. I value the role of Indigenous Knowledge within institutions of higher learning and what this knowledge offers the world. My research interests include: Indigenous Disability Studies, Indigenous Education; Indigenous Theory, Methods, and Indigenous-led Community-based Research.