Month: August 2016
Job – Native Courtworker, First Nations Court sittings, Vancouver & New Westminster. Due: Sept 10, 2016
Job posting for a Native Courtworker to cover Vancouver & New Westminster.
The Native Courtworker would be required to travel to New Westminster once per month to attend First Nations Court sittings. The position is Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
The closing date is September 10, 2016.
September 8 – 9, 2016
William H. Gates Hall
University of Washington
- Jakelin Troy, Editor in Chief
Lorena Fontaine, Editor
Adam Geczy, Editor
- Forthcoming 2017
- Biannual Publication
- ISSN 2471-0938
- E-ISSN 2470-6221
ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Cultures is a journal devoted to issues of indigeneity in the new millennium. It is a multi-disciplinary journal embracing themes such as art, history, literature, politics, linguistics, health sciences and law. It is a portal for new knowledge and contemporary debate whose audience is not only that of academics and students but professionals involved in shaping policies with regard to concern relating to indigenous peoples.
Each issue will consist of 40-50,000 words. All academic articles should be approximately 6-10,000 words long. An abstract of approximately 150 words must accompany each manuscript. All articles and comprehensive review essays will be peer-reviewed. Opinion pieces or short research reports, which are not peer reviewed, should be approximately 1,500 to 3,000 words in length.
To submit an article, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/ab-original. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article to the editorial office.
By Linda Ferrer
July 22, 2016 marked a day of victory, not only for Rigoberto Juarez Mateo, but also for the Indigenous Q’anjob’al Maya community in the municipality of Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. In a split decision made by Judges Yasmin Barrios, Patricia Bustamante, and Gerbi Sical, seven Ancestral Authorities, including Rigoberto Juarez, Domingo Baltazar, Ermitano Lopez Reyes, Sotero Adalberto Villatoro, Francisco Juan Pedro, Mynor Lopez, and Arturo Pablo were released from prison, five of whom were acquitted of all charges.
Sixteen months ago, Rigoberto Juarez, one of nine Ancestral Authorities, was detained for his advocacy against two private hydroelectric and mining companies, Hidra Energia and Hidro Santa Cruz, respectively, for their failing to comply and consult with Indigenous communities’ prior to accessing licensure for their projects. Posing a threat to their natural resources, land, and way of life, those who resisted the projects faced threats, coercion, and were sometimes kidnapped, raped, or even murdered. Rigoberto Juarez and Domingo Baltazar, two well-known Indigenous leaders, traveled to Guatemala City to file reports on these various human rights violations to the Department of Public Ministry and the United Nations Commission for Human Rights but both were arrested by police without warrant or charges. They were illegally imprisoned without due process on that day of March 23, 2015. Rigoberto Juarez was placed in High Risk Group A preventive detention center for false accusations in a series of crimes which the private companies claimed against them. Sixteen charges were then made against him, including public disturbances of peaceful demonstrations, kidnapping, and intent to commit crimes. However, the lack of evidence and factual grounds for the heinous charges that were made only indicate that the hydroelectric and mining companies, working with the Mayor and judicial system of Guatemala, strategically organized the persecution and arrest of the community leaders in order to remove their voice and actions from the resistance movement he had begun and committed to since 2008. Read more…
|Deadline||Open until filled|
|Date Posted||August 9, 2016|
|Type||Tenured, tenure track|
The Department of Writing, Literature, & Publishing at Emerson College invites applications for a tenure-track position in American literature and Native American Studies. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in both American literature and Native American Studies. A strong commitment to undergraduate education in a liberal arts environment is essential. This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor. Evidence of scholarly promise is a major consideration. Secondary areas of interest: global Indigenous literatures; Native/Indigenous film and cultural studies. The appointment begins August 24, 2017.
A Ph.D. in American Literature and Native American Studies or related field is required.
Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references to the online faculty applicant portal @ https://emerson.peopleadmin.com/postings/12443.
Review of applications will begin in September 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the college’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. We particularly invite applications from historically underrepresented groups.
The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing is a vibrant and engaged community of scholars, writers, and designers with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 550 undergraduate majors, and 250 graduate students in a Creative Writing MFA program, Popular Fiction MFA online program, and Publishing MA program.
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in Boston’s Literary Cultural District in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 671 graduate students from 71 countries and 48 states.
Interactive map by University of Georgia historian shows U.S. appropriation of over 1.5 billion acres Indigenous land, 1776-1887
This interactive map, produced by University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt to accompany his new book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, offers a time-lapse vision of the transfer of Indian land between 1776 and 1887. As blue “Indian homelands” disappear, small red areas appear, indicating the establishment of reservations. (Above is a GIF of the map’s time-lapse display; visit the map’s page to play with its features.)
The project’s source data is a set of maps produced in 1899 by the Bureau of American Ethnology. The B.A.E. was a research unit of the Smithsonian that published and collected anthropological, archaeological, and linguistic research on the culture of North American Indians, as the nineteenth century drew to a close.
While the time-lapse function is the most visually impressive aspect of this interactive, the “source map” option (available on the map’s site) offers a deep level of detail. By selecting a source map, and then zooming in to the state you’ve selected, you can see details of the map used to generate that section of the interactive. A pop-up box tells you which Native nation was resident on the land, and the date of the treaty or executive order that transferred the area to the government, as well as offering external links to descriptions of the treaty and of the tract of land.
In the site’s “About” section (reachable by clicking on the question mark), Saunt is careful to point out that the westward-moving boundaries could sometimes be vague. Asked for an example, he pointed me to the 1791 treaty with the Cherokee that ceded the land where present-day Knoxville, Tenn. stands. The treaty’s language pointed to landmarks like “the mouth of Duck river,” a broad approach that left a lot of room for creative implementation. When dealing with semi-nomadic tribes, Saunt added, negotiators sometimes designated a small reservation, “rather than spelling out the boundaries of the cession.” Read more…
Research Assistant, Project on Water Governance and Indigenous Law at UBC. Due: Sept 9, 2016 (12 pm)
The student research assistant will support projects for the Project on Water Governance and Indigenous Law, a multi-year SSHRC Partnership Grant.
Position will be approximately 10 hours per week from September to December, with the possibility of extension and further research collaboration.
- logistics for partner meetings (accommodation, travel, handouts, room arrangements)
- taking notes -background research including literature reviews and data base assessment
- logistics for summer meeting
- social media
- support for administrative tasks including copy-editing, network building and data assessment Qualifications
- interest/knowledge in Aboriginal issues, organizations, and resources
- a solid work ethic
- strong research skills
- excellent computer skills including Office, WordPress, and if possible
Adobe Creative Suite
- proven written and verbal communication abilities
- strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- an ability and willingness to work independently and on a team
- accuracy and attention to detail in creating and reviewing documents and databases
- aptitudes in prioritization and meeting deadlines
- skill in design and layout
This position is open to upper year undergraduate and graduate students at UBC.
Please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply: Noon, Friday, September 9th 2016.
Call for Nominations to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Survivors Circle. Due: Sept 2, 2016
ConstitutionMirroring the Governing Circle, the Survivors Circle will be composed of seven members, each serving two-year terms capable of renewal.
Travel, expenses, and a modest honorarium related to participation in the Circle will be provided by the Centre.
Members of the Circle should be prepared to work in a spirit of collaboration with the staff of the Centre, the University, the Governing Circle, and other Partners of the Centre.
The Survivors Circle will provide advice and guidance to the NCTR and the Governing Circle on a range of topics including, but not limited to:
• Respectful care of the documents and statements collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)
• Survivor perspectives on personal privacy and access to records
• Commemorative initiatives as they relate to the Centre’s activities
Members of the Circle may also be called upon to make speaking visits to schools, universities, and other organizations in addition to acting as a representative of the Centre on occasion.
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis organizations, groups, communities, and individuals may nominate individuals to the Survivors Circle.
Survivors may also nominate themselves.
For organizations submitting nominations, nominators should confirm the individual is willing and able to accept nomination to the Committee prior to submitting names to the Nominating Committee for review.
Each nomination should consist of:
• A brief biography or resume of the individual
• A brief statement on why the individual nominated would make a good addition to the Circle.
• For Survivors nominating themselves, a short bio and explanation of why you wish to be considered.
• One or more letters of support
Nominations will be reviewed by the NCTR Governing Circle.
The Governing Circle will have sole discretion to appoint the members of the Survivors Circle and will make an effort to balance cultures, languages, gender, and geographic spread in their selection.
Members will be appointed for a duration of two years with the potential to renew this appointment.
Submission of Names
Please send nomination submissions no later than September 2nd 2016 to
All submissions will be treated with the utmost of confidence.