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Through detailed preparation, fierce resilience, and cultural innovation, Indigenous lives and communities have endured invasion, sickness, and an ongoing genocide while continuing to be as strong and dynamic as ever. This is not always the message conveyed in literature, media and government but Indigenous youth need to know (and live) this truth to engage with the challenges of today.
In this presentation, Dr. Sinclair will provide an overview of the specific methods that Indigenous cultures and communities use to resist, create, and re-create their communities – and how these can be shared in order to support their future mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual selves today.
About Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.
Niigaan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native-and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.
Spirituality as Land, Story and Relation Series
This event is part of the Spirituality as Land, Story and Relation series presented by the Department of Theological Studies with the support of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Visit the series page to view the full line-up of speakers for Fall 2020.