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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 Robyn Bourgeois and Brenda Macdougall to discuss this important book.
Friday, June 8 2018
@ 25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor
Dr. Robyn Bourgeois (Laughing Otter Caring Woman) is an assistant professor with the Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Brock. She is a mixed-race Cree academic, author, and artist originally from the Syilx and Splats’in territories of British Columbia. Robyn’s research foci include violence against indigenous women and girls, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and state-based anti-violence responses.
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.