Book Launch & Pot luck: Truth That Wampum Tells

2014 26 Jun
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Book Launch & Pot luck: Truth That Wampum Tells

With the support of community partners, Project of Heart and KAIROS Canada, Octopus Books presents 'Truth That Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process' with author Lynn Gehl.

In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Treaty at Niagara, The Truth that Wampum Tells offers readers a first-ever insider analysis of the contemporary land claims and self-government process in Canada. Incorporating an analysis of traditional symbolic literacy known as wampum diplomacy, Lynn Gehl argues that despite Canada’s constitutional beginnings first codified in the 1763 Royal Proclamation and ratified during the 1764 Treaty at Niagara, Canada continues to deny the Algonquin Anishinaabeg their right to land and resources, their right to live as a sovereign nation, and consequently their ability to live mino-pimadiziwin(the good life).

Gehl moves beyond Western scholarly approaches rooted in the historical archives, academic literature and the interview method. She also moves beyond discussions of Indigenous methodologies, offering an analysis through her debwewin journey: a wholistic Anishinaabeg way of knowing that incorporates both mind knowledge and heart knowledge and that produces one’s debwewin (personal truth).

5:30 pm
Thursday, June 26 2014
Octopus Books centretown
@25One Community (2nd floor, 251 Bank St.)


We will start this book launch with a pot luck! Please feel free to bring food to share. We love food!

About the Author

Lynn Gehl identifies as Algonquin Anishinaabe from the Ottawa River Valley. She completed a Ph.D in Indigenous studies as an older adult. Throughout her life and education she has been busy learning, thinking and writing about the societal structures that have shaped her life, such as the limitations of the biomedical model, the sex discrimination in the Indian Act and the genocide of the contemporary land claims and self-government process in Canada.


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