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History Activist: A Panel Discussion on Historians, Public Engagement, and Political Obligation

Friday, October 29, 2021
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


This event is free


Department of History




The Canadian Historical Association’s "Canada Day Statement" named the country’s history of violence against indigenous people “genocide” and acknowledged that the reluctance of historians to use the term contributed to the country's refusal to “come to grips” with its “history of colonization and dispossession.” Many hailed the statement as an important step toward repair but others denounced the association’s foray into “activist” & “revisionist” history.

This roundtable asks what the critics mean by “activist” and “revisionist” history? How might historians, as a profession, contribute to the work of decolonization and how might decolonization, in turn, expand and enhance the profession? How can historians best engage with their critics? Please join us on Zoom for a panel discussion hosted by the History Department: 


Dr. Bimadoshka Pucan, History & School of Public Affairs, Concordia University

Dr. Daniel Sims, Associate Professor, Department of First Nations Studies, University of North British Columbia

Dr. David Webster, Associate Professor, History & Global Studies, Bishop's University

Dr. Catherine Kinewesquao Richardson,, First Peoples Studies, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University

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