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In Keetsahnak / Our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Sisters edited by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt, the tension between personal, political, and public action is brought home starkly. This important collective volume both witnesses the significance of the travelling exhibition Walking With Our Sisters and creates a model for antiviolence work from an Indigenous perspective. The contributors look at the roots of violence and how it diminishes life for all. They acknowledge the destruction wrought by colonial violence, and also look at controversial topics such as lateral violence, challenges in working with “tradition,” and problematic notions involved in “helping.” Through stories of resilience, resistance, and activism, the editors give voice to powerful personal testimony and allow for the creation of knowledge.
Please join contributors Beverly Jacobs and Brenda Macdougall to discuss this important book.
Friday, June 8 2018
@ 25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor
Beverly Jacobs is a Mohawk lawyer from Six Nations Grand River Territory and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. She is completing a PhD at the University of Calgary that includes Indigenous legal traditions, Aboriginal rights law, Indigenous holistic health, and Indigenous research methodologies. The study includes a partnership with the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, and the title of her dissertation is “Impacts of Resource/Industrial Development on the Wholistic Health of the Mohawk Peoples of Akwesasne: A Human Responsibility and Rights Solution.” Beverly is the former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (2004–2009). Beverly's chapter in this book is called "Honouring Women".
Brenda Macdougall was appointed the Chair of Métis Research at the University of Ottawa in 2010 after working for over ten years in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She holds a PhD in Native Studies and has been researching the history of various Metis communities in Ontario, Manitoba, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Montana and Alberta for many years. Her first book was One of the Family: Metis Culture in Nineteenth Century Northwestern Saskatchewan was published in 2010 and she was co-editor Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History. In her role as research chair, Brenda has built a strong program of research in the connections between Metis families across the homeland. More recently, she and her colleagues created the Digital Archives Database Project, an online archive of transcribed historical records, with the support of the Métis and Non-Status Indian Relations Directorate.