Surviving Canada Ottawa Launch with Kiera L. Ladner, Myra Tait, Kahente Horn-Miller, Hayden King and Waubgeshig Rice

2017 22 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Surviving Canada Ottawa Launch with Kiera L. Ladner, Myra Tait, Kahente Horn-Miller, Hayden King and Waubgeshig Rice

Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal is a collection of elegant, thoughtful, and powerful reflections about Indigenous Peoples’ complicated, and often frustrating, relationship with Canada, and how—even 150 years after Confederation—the fight for recognition of their treaty and Aboriginal rights continues.

Through essays, art, and literature, Surviving Canada examines the struggle for Indigenous Peoples to celebrate their cultures and exercise their right to control their own economic development, lands, water, and lives. The Indian Act, Idle No More, and the legacy of residential schools are just a few of the topics covered by a wide range of elders, scholars, artists, and activists.

Please join us and the editors and local contributors of this book, Kiera L. Ladner, Myra Tait, Kahente Horn-Miller, Hayden King and Waubgeshig Rice, for a discussion of this book. Copies of Surviving Canada will be available for purchase and author signing.

7 PM
Friday, September 22 2017
@25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

Sponsored by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

About the Authors

Kiera L. Ladner is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. She received her PhD from Carleton University in 2001. Alongside Leanne Simpson, she held a position at Trent from 2000- 2002. She is a leading scholar in the field of Indigenous politics and is widely published in Canada, Australia, the United States and Mexico. Kiera is also the co-editor of This Is An Honour Song – Twenty Years Since the Blockades.

Myra Tait is a member of Berens River First Nation and mother of four children. She has a law degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Master’s student in law. Myra works with the Mamawipawin’s Comparative Indigenous Constitutional Project at the University of Manitoba. Myra’s work brings a legal perspective to the project and she has done field research in New Zealand and Australia.

Kahente Horn-Miller (Kahente means “she walks ahead”) (Kanien:keha’ka/Mohawk) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University where she teaches Indigenous Studies. Her performances, governance work and community-based research involve interpreting Haudenosaunee culture and bringing new life to old traditions. It is the fruit of her endeavors as a Mohawk, an educator, and a mother that she brings into her interactions with Onkwehonwe (original peoples) and the academic community. Academics for her is not only about theorizing the issues that Indigenous peoples face as a way to find solutions; it is also about putting these theories in to practice. She does this most specifically through her rematriation work in the retelling of the Sky Woman Narrative, the active work of teaching consensus building and in the classroom. It is also through writing, research, performances and teaching that she challenges others to learn about Indigenous cultures and about themselves as humans, which in the long term fosters relationships between Indigenous and non-native peoples that will go beyond the written word and the classroom and research settings and reconnects us to the realities of reinvigorating Indigenous traditions in the modern world.

Hayden King is from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing in Huronia, Ontario. Hayden has been teaching Indigenous politics and policy since 2007 with academic positions at McMaster, Carleton and most recently Ryerson University. His research and commentary on Indigenous nationhood and colonialism in Canada has been published widely. Hayden has also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Director of Research at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Scholar-in-Residence at the Conference Board of Canada, and Senior Fellow at Massey College. He is the co-founder of the language-arts collective, Ogimaa Mikana. 

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. He developed a strong passion for storytelling as a child while learning about being Anishinaabe. The stories his elders shared and his unique experiences growing up in his community inspired him to write creatively. Some of the stories he wrote as a teenager eventually became Midnight Sweatlodge, his first collection of fiction published by Theytus Books in 2011. His debut novel, Legacy, was also published by Theytus in the summer of 2014. His journalism career began when he was a 17-year-old exchange student in northern Germany, writing about being Anishinaabe in a European country for newspapers back in Canada. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and has worked in a variety of media across Canada since. He started working for CBC in Winnipeg in 2006. Along with reporting the news, he has produced television and radio documentaries and features for the public broadcaster. He currently works as a video journalist for CBC News Ottawa. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for Excellence in First Nation Storytelling.

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