Month: August 2014

Coordinator, Indigenous Graduate Student Programs (Simon Fraser University)

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SFU is currently hiring for a Coordinator, Indigenous Graduate Student Programs. This is a part-time position working 36 hours bi-weekly.

The Coordinator, Indigenous Graduate Student Programs is responsible for providing advice to Indigenous graduate students by establishing individual and group advisory services and sessions and coordinating information sessions.

The Coordinator supports Indigenous graduate students academically, socially and culturally as they make the transition to graduate studies at SFU and refers students to appropriate resources; collaborates cross-functionally with graduate departments, the Office of Aboriginal Peoples and the Indigenous Student Centre, and the Office of Graduate Studies to develop, plan and coordinate programs to support Indigenous recruitment, enrolment management and student retention; provides advice and guidance to department and faculty representatives and the Office of Graduate Studies by assisting in the development of culturally relevant series and programs to support Indigenous programs.

The incumbent participates in the planning of the communication strategies, the development and maintenance of web and print communication material and advocates on behalf of Indigenous graduate students within the SFU community and with external stakeholders, as needed

Application deadline: 4:30 pm on September 3, 2014.

 

more HERE

 

watch this: Native Report with Stacey Thunder and Tadd Johnson

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Native Report is an entertaining, informative magazine style series that celebrates Native American culture and heritage, listens to tribal elders, and talks to some of the most powerful and influential leaders of Indian Country today.

The series is attractive to both a general and tribal audience, promoting understanding between cultures, tribes and reservations – offering a venue for the stories of challenge and success coming from tribal communities – and educating public television viewers about the culture and traditions of native citizens.

 

watch the series online HERE

Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Education

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The Faculty of Education at Brock University invites applications for a tenure-track probationary appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Education. The appointment, subject to final budgetary approval, will commence January 1, 2015.

The posting can be viewed    HERE

Posting #: F 14/2014
Posted: Jul 22, 2014
Employment Status: Probationary Tenure-track
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Department: Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Education
Grade:
Salary Scale:
Hours of Work:
Start: 2015-01-01

Job Summary

The Faculty of Education invites applications for a tenure-track probationary appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Education. The appointment, subject to final budgetary approval, will commence January 1, 2015.

The successful candidate will be appointed to the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education. S/he will be expected to take a leadership role in the undergraduate Aboriginal Studies program, as well as teach courses in programs affiliated with the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, and supervise graduate student research.

Qualifications

The preferred candidate will possess the following: An earned doctorate in Aboriginal studies, education or equivalent (ABD candidates will be considered); excellence in teaching; excellent command of English; extensive personal background and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and language issues; and knowledge of Aboriginal history and educational policy. Evidence of a strong commitment to scholarly research and publication i s also important; in this regard, the conduct of culturally sensitive research on issues of importance First Nations, Inuit and Metis is essential.

Notes

Deadline for this application is October 31, 2014.

find more details   HERE

 

“Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change”

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These photos document a gathering of indigenous groups from China, Bhutan, and Peru. They met in the spring to discuss climate change and plan a crop exchange program.

CFP: BEYOND THE STATE: INCITING TRANSFORMATIVE POSSIBILITIES

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INCITE! Color Of Violence 4 Conference

BEYOND THE STATE:
INCITING TRANSFORMATIVE POSSIBILITIESMarch 26 – 29, 2015
University of Illinois, Chicago
UIC Forum – 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Conference Call for Proposals
Submit Proposals by the

EXTENDED DEADLINE: September 15, 2014!

INCITE! is excited to announce the Color of Violence 4 (COV4)–Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities. This gathering will mark INCITE!’s fifteen years of engaging in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns, and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, trans and queer people of color and our communities.

Although on-going systems of criminalization and punishment are occupying and devastating our communities, those systems are still often considered the front-line response to violence within and against our communities.  Challenging multiple interlocking forms of violence requires new conversations and transformative approaches.  Since 2000, INCITE! chapters, affiliates, and partners have developed and learned from non-state based responses to violence rooted in global grassroots liberation movements, local feminist of color practices, communities and organizations.

COV4 will highlight emerging strategies and new frameworks that focus on ending violence without relying on policing, mass incarceration, restrictive legislation, and other systems of violence and control. Non-state based responses to violence are happening in our neighborhoods, families, classrooms, places of worship, friendships, online social networks, political actions, and around our kitchen tables.  These efforts have been called “community accountability,” “transformative justice,” “restorative justice,” or simply taking care of our communities and our lives.  Examples of these responses in action include: organizing workshops, community-based resources, and art & media projects; convening gatherings, interventions, and brainstorm sessions; and creating grassroots toolkits, participatory research projects, resource lists, and other practical tools to help us figure out what we do next. We believe that these practices are key components of radical movement building.

As we imagine, create, and build on practices that radically value the lives of women of color, trans & queer people of color, and our communities, this conference asks:

  • What anti-violence organizing strategies are activists, artists, scholars, workers, and community members imagining or implementing “beyond the state?”
  • What kind of new spaces and models have been invented locally, nationally, and globally?
  • What core questions still need exploration?


We invite survivors of violence, artists, media makers, health practitioners, advocates, young people, people in the sex trade, students, activists & community organizers, scholars & teachers, and anyone else interested in submitting workshops and presentations that examine these questions and break new ground. Women of color, girls of color, trans & gender non-conforming people of color, Indigenous women and two-spirit people, immigrants of color, currently or formerly incarcerated people of color, and disabled people of color are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.  Proposals might also consider the following tensions and challenges:

  • How do we address violence beyond the state in cases of police violence or hate violence? Is incarceration all we can ask for or are there other possibilities?
  • How do we scale up community accountability models so that their impact poses a real challenge to the prison industrial complex?
  • How do we navigate the ways in which non-profit systems and foundation & government grant funding can bind our work to violent institutions?
  • How do we address the ways in which community accountability or transformative justice strategies have not been responsive for all survivors and scenarios?
  • How has community accountability been practiced in classrooms and on campuses as a way to address interpersonal harm as well as a way to challenge the violence of the academic industry?
  • How do we imagine community accountability not only as responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and other interpersonal harms, but also in the context of reproductive, economic, immigration, colonial, environmental, labor, and medical violence, as well as the violence of prisons, policing, surveillance, genocide, disaster, and war?
  • How has media been a promising, yet complex strategy for community accountability?  How do we address the racial/gendered threats faced by women of color and trans/queer people of color on social media?
  • How can we challenge the ways in which state violence against people in the sex industry is strengthened and justified by many anti-trafficking initiatives?
  • How have community-based responses to violence been used within recent insurgencies, such as Idle No More, Not1More anti-deportation actions, anti-capitalist actions, direct actions against prisons and policing, the movement for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel occupation, and revolutionary and anti-imperial movements abroad?


This gathering will provide an opportunity for individuals and groups to problem-solve ongoing challenges and share promising strategies.We are open to workshops on any theme that is in keeping with INCITE!’s mission to address the intersections of interpersonal, state, and institutional violence, and welcome a variety of formats: performances, participatory workshops, learning labs, story circles, open discussions, strategy sessions, activist studios, network gatherings, etc.

PROPOSAL EXTENDED DEADLINE:  September 15, 2014
Proposals can be submitted online HERE!
Please send inquiries to: cov4incite@gmail.com

interesting read: Dr. Steven Salaita fired for speaking his mind on Israel and Gaza

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8/20/14
“The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has fired a tenured professor in the American Indian Studies program after he tweeted comments criticizing Israel and its actions in Gaza.
 
Dr. Steven Salaita is a Palestinian American scholar in Native American studies, who has done groundbreaking work in comparative analysis of the Native American and Palestinian peoples’ experiences.”

Read more HERE

CFP: Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century.

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Call for papers: Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. 

Date: July 30-August 1, 2015, at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

Description: This conference seeks to bring historians of Canada, indigenous peoples, Mexico and the United States to consider state making in mid-1800s North America from a continent-wide perspective.

Peaking in the years 1865-67 with the end of the American Civil War, Canadian Confederation, and the restoration of the Mexican republic after the expulsion of Maximilian, a French-imposed monarch, this era of political transformation has had profound consequences for the future of the continent.

Key to this process was the question of sovereignty, or the power to rule. Battles over sovereignty ran through the struggles waged not only by the nation states that came to dominate the North America—Canada, Mexico, and the United State—but also those that failed, like the Confederate States of America, and others, like the European empires and indigenous peoples, that came into conflict with the three main states.

These conflicts went well beyond the years 1865-67 and encompassed more than simply the legal forms of the nation state. Battles over sovereignty also ran through the histories of newly emancipated slaves, immigrant communities, and the reorganization of the family.  As such the conference explores not only the political and diplomatic aspects of state making but also the broader social, economic, and cultural histories of this process.

Thus far, the continental dimensions of this North American sovereignty have been obscured by historical traditions that confine each of these state-making conflicts within its specific national framework. In light of the global turn in 19th century historiography, as well as the real interconnections across the continent, it is time to consider these political crises as an inter-related struggle to redefine the relationship of North Americans to new governments.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professors Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania; Pekka Hämäläinen, Oxford University; Erika Pani, Colegio de Mexico; and Andrew Smith, University of Liverpool.

The conference organizers seek papers that offer original work examining different aspects of national sovereignty formation in Mexico, Canada, the United States and indigenous peoples during this pivotal era. Work that examines these conflicts in a transnational perspective is especially welcome. Paper proposals (between 200-500 words) should be accompanied by a brief CV and should be submitted to Frank Towers (ftowers@ucalgary.ca) by August 31, 2014.

Papers from the conference may be included in a publication. In preparation, presenters will be asked to circulate drafts of their papers by July 1, 2015.

This conference is sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University and supported by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech University and the University of Calgary.

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Campaign Update: Peru- “Pastaza” Film: A Story about Water and Life

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Our friends at Alianza Arkana just released a new documentary filmed in the Pastaza river basin in the Amazonian region of Peru.

From the filmmakers:

PASTAZA illuminates the reality of the indigenous peoples who live in the Peruvian Amazon, in zones of severe contamination resulting from almost half a century of oil exploitation. This film chronicles their struggle for well-being and the determination of their federations to raise the voices of their people, demanding justice.

READ MORE HERE

good read: “Thunder in her soul – Remembering Patricia A. Monture”

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Malinda S. Smith, Vice President, Equity

Her Mohawk name was ‘Aywahande,’ or “the one who speaks first or gets things going with words.”

Professor Patricia (‘Trish’) Monture, the brilliant and accomplished Haudenosaunee lawyer, educator, writer and scholar, died on the 17th of November in Saskatoon. A citizen of the Mohawk Nation, Grand River Territory, she was a full Professor and Academic Director of the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.

 

More HERE 

CFP: He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference

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MONDAY, 29 JUNE 2015 TO WEDNESDAY, 1 JULY 2015 FROM 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

CLAUDELANDS CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION CENTRE, HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND

 

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SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT:

Opens: 24 April 2014 9:00AM   Closes: 3 October 2014 5:00PM

Abstract Requirements:

  • Time allocation for all presenters is 20 minutes.
  • All accepted papers will be presented as contributions to either a Panel Discussion or Round Table Presentation.
  • Each conference participant can only submit one abstract.
  • Each presenter can only present once.
  • The maximum number of words for the body of the abstract is 250 words. This does not include the title, name of author, institution spaces, etc.
  • Abstracts to be written in English.
  • Please use Times New Roman 12pt Font
  • No photos or graphics.
  • If these requirements are not met your abstract will be rejected.
  • Please indicate your preference for mode of presentation, however the abstract committee will make the final decision in that regard.

NB: All abstracts must be submitted through this online portal. Any abstract recieved outside of this site will not be considered.

Te Kotahi Research Institute supports the notion that indigenous knowledge and research is owned by Indigenous Peoples, who are the experts in these areas.

For any enquires please email rangahau@waikato.ac.nz

Click here for an abstract template.

Click here to submit your abstract for review.