“Cultures of Reconciliation: Academic, Artistic, Activist” (Sept. 26-27).


                     Cultures of Reconciliation: Academic, Artistic, Activist

                                                     A Humanities Research Unit Event

                                              FREE ADMISSION; OPEN TO EVERYONE


Location: Graduate Commons, Emmanuel & St. Chad, 1337 College Drive, University of Saskatchewan, and Mendel Art Gallery, 950 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon

Time:  September 26-27, 2013

Cultures of Reconciliation: Academic, Artistic, Activist

Events like this one can  make a difference. Think of precedents like the Congress of Black Writers, Montreal, 1968; or Indigena: Contemporary Native Perspectives, Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, 1992; or Writing Thru Race, Vancouver, 1994

How, then, can this September 26-7 gathering be made as impactful as possible?

All presenters, including leading scholars, artists, and activists, have been invited to think about the difference they would like to make as they connect their own thinking and practice to the academy, the arts, and activism.

What histories would you invoke or contest in order to unsettle particular white settler narratives and the privileges deriving from them? What alliances would you recommend or aspire to in order more effectively to decolonize the residually colonial and the resurgently  neocolonial Canadian academy and art establishment? How would you mobilize as a force for justice and inclusive opportunity?

How can we all learn to and from #idlenomore?

Participants include: Marie Battiste, Lynne Bell, Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Tomas Borsa, Jen Budney, Omeasoo Butt, Dana Claxton, Len Findlay, Isobel Findlay, Max FineDay, Ayumi Goto, Jennifer Henderson, Sakej Henderson, Tasha Hubbard, Keavy Martin, Ashok Mathur, Dan McDonald, Roy Miki, Adrian Stimson, Nancy Van Styvendale, Pauline Wakeham, #idlenomore (Sheelah Mclean and Alex Wilson),


Events: Plenary addresses, panel discussions, social mobilizations, book sales, public presentations over the course of the fall term, 2013, and winter term 2014.

Thursday 26 September

9:30am Welcome and elder’s prayer

10.00 to 11.30 am Plenary presentations:  Sakej Henderson, Director, Native Law Centre, U of S; and Sheelah Mclean and Alex Wilson (#idlenomore)

Noon: Lunch on your own

2.00 to 3.30 pm: Panel: Academic impacts: Envisaging, Contributing, Editing, Promoting: Jennifer Henderson (Carleton University), Pauline Wakeham (Western University), Ayumi Goto (Simon Fraser University)

3.30 to 4.00pm Nourishment break; book browsing

4.00 to 5.30 pm Panel: Performance as Praxis: Dana Claxton, Adrian Stimson, Lori Blondeau

7:30 to 9 pm Mendel Panel and Reception: Performing, Documenting, Curating: Rebecca Belmore,  Ashok Mathur (Thompson Rivers University), and Jen Budney (Associate Curator, Mendel Gallery)



Friday 27 September, Graduate Commons, Emmanuel and St Chad

9.00 to 10.30am Panel: Academic  Impacts: Faculty, Students, Curriculum, Research: Dan McDonald (Vancouver island University; Aboriginal Working Group rep., CAUT), Marie Battiste (U of S), Omeasoo Butt (U of S), Max FineDay President, U of S Students Union

10.30 to 11.00 am: Nutrition Break, book browsing

11.00 to 12.30 pm: Panel: Community-University Impacts: Isobel Findlay (CUISR and Edwards School of Business, U of S);  Tomas Borsa (U of S alumnus and independent film maker);  Nancy Van Styvendale (U of S)

12.30 to 2 pm  Lunch on your own

2.00 to 3.30 pm: Panel: Is Your Work Going Anywhere? Presenters and Grad Students

3.30 to 4 pm Nutrition Break, book browsing

4 to 5.30 pm Cultures of Activism, Reconciliation, and Redistribution: Roy Miki (Simon Fraser U), Keavy Martin (U of Alberta), Tasha Hubbard (U of S)

7.00 to 10 pm  Dinner for presenters

Context: four key developments underlie this event:

  1. 1.       Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress.  Ed. Jennifer Henderson and Pauline Wakeham. Toronto: University of Toronto Press,  2013.
  2. 2.       Reconcile This!  Ed. Jonathan Dewar and Ayumi Goto. West Coast Line No. 74: vol.46.2 (2012).
  3. #idlenomore, an initiative of four Saskatchewan women that has gone global.
  4. English 803.3: to be offered by Len Findlay from September to December of this year: Culturesof Reconciliation: Two Texts and a Social movement, a graduate seminar housed in the English Department but open to students in other Departments and Colleges.


Contact: len.findlay@usask.ca; 306-966-2573


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