Tuesday, May 30, 2017
TRSM 1-067 – Auditorium
Indigenous women are at the forefront of change and mobilization in Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities across Canada, despite their more common portrayal as victims in the media. Against the backdrop of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, hear the voices and perspectives of three path breaking Indigenous women from different generations as they explore wide-ranging issues and challenges for women’s roles in shaping the future of their communities and of Canada. This Big Thinking event will feature Métis playright, Elder in Residence at Athabasca University and author of Halfbreed Maria Campbell; Tracey Lindberg, Cree author of the novel Birdie and professor of law at the University of Ottawa, and President of the National Inuit Youth Council Maatali Okalik.
Tracey Lindberg is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is an award-winning academic writer and teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at the University of Ottawa. She was the first Indigenous woman in Canada to complete her law degree at Harvard University, and is thought to be the first Indigenous woman to earn a PhD in law from a Canadian University. Her 2015 debut novel, Birdie, was a bestseller and a 2016 Canada Reads finalist.
Maatalii Aneraq Okalik is originally from Panniqtuuq, Nunavut. An Inuk advocate who is passionate about Inuit language, culture, education and reconciliation, Maatalii serves as the volunteer President of the National Inuit Youth Council, is a Director of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada’s Board of Directors. She also serves on the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Board of Directors, the National Committee on Inuit Education, and the Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq Task Force. Maatalii is studying at Carleton University and works for the Government of Nunavut.
Maria Campbell is an award-winning Métis playwright and author of seven books, including the ground-breaking 1973 novel Halfbreed that initiated a rebirth of Aboriginal literature in Canada. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including four honorary doctorate degrees, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gabriel Dumont Order of Merit, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the Order of Canada. Maria Campbell has taught native studies, creative writing and drama and is currently the Elder in Residence at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research, Athabasca University. Maria is also the Cultural Advisor at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. She is a grandmother and a great-grandmother.
Simultaneous interpretation available.