Fall 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

2021 Benjamin Eby Lecture

Composing Louis Riel's Dream: Exploring the history of the Red River Settlement through family stories and music

This year's Benjamin Eby Lecture will be presented by Associate Professor of Music, Karen Sunabacka. 

In honour of The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, join the Indigenous Initiatives Office and the President's Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART) for a special keynote presentation with Dr. Kathy Absolon on Truth & Reconciliation, Indian Residential Schools.

Kathy Absolon will be speaking from a personal and passionate place about how the legacies of Indian Residential School genocide projects impacted her family, community and Nation. 

This presentation was developed by Woodland Cultural Centre's Education Department, to explore the 94 Calls to Action and what you can do as an individual or as an organization to answer the Calls to Action. It is meant to spark conversations and action by informing, education, and inspiring people to take responsibility for their own learning of Canada's historical relationship with Indigenous people.

Maawanji-idiwag (They come together): Institutional Approaches to Decolonizing Curricula is a virtual discussion hosted by the President's Anti-racism Task Force, where a panel of academics and practitioners experienced in theoretical decolonization and who have taken concrete steps and actions to decolonize curricula in their respective institutions will discuss opportunities and challenges for institutional approaches and practices to decolonize curricula.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

INI103: Métis 101

Presentation on Métis culture and history, including with the ethnogenesis of the Métis, "Who Are the Métis?", their unique and rich culture and language. Why did they disappear in history? Where are they today? 

Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.