Indigenous Speakers Series (Waterloo) presents Chelsea Vowel

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

Portrait of Chelsea Vowel, by Hawlii Pichette,

The University of Waterloo's 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

Chelsea's engaging presentation is entitled, "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. 

In-person or livestream

Registration (scroll down the linked page) is appreciated but not required. Everyone is welcome! Join the livestream via this MS Teams Link.