Indigenous Knowledge

A Conversation with Dr. Kim TallBear: An Indigenous Ethic of Relationality

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Kim TallBear’s forthcoming book, Disrupting Settlement, Sex and Nature: An Indigenous Logic, offers an alternative framework to such settlements and binaries—that of purposeful, responsible migration and boundary crossing (which can also be viewed as a form of critical and mindful promiscuity), or routedness through place, knowledge/disciplines, and intimate relations with both humans and landscapes. The concept of relations—rather than nature or sex—is central. This ethic of relationality will be the central point of this conversation.

Tuesday, February 23, 4 – 5:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

RSVP via email to by 4 PM, February 19. Indicate any food allergies in your RSVP.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016

New Issue in Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society

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Dear friends,

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society has just published its
latest issue at

We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web
site to review and read articles and items of interest.

We’re thrilled to continue to publish as an open access journal and
appreciate your ongoing support in sharing this work as widely as possible
through your networks!

In peace,

Eric Ritskes

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society
Vol 4, No 2 (2015)
Table of Contents

Cover Art

Artist’s statement: What decolonization means to me
Kalkidan Assefa


Indigenous girls and the violence of settler colonial policing
Jaskiran K. Dhillon
Refusal to forgive: Indigenous women’s love and rage
Rachel Flowers
Teaching Indigenous methodology and an Iñupiaq example
Maureen P. Hogan,       Sean A. Topkok
Beyond the colonial divide: African diasporic and Indigenous youth alliance
building for HIV prevention
Ciann L. Wilson,        Sarah Flicker,  Jean-Paul Restoule
Tensional decolonization and public order in Western Nigeria, 1957-1960
Oluwatoyin Oduntan,     Kemi Rotimi

A review of Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology
Elaine Coburn
Indigenous temporal priority and the (de)legitimization of the Canadian
state: A book review of On Being Here to Stay
Scott Kouri

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society

Indigenous Knowledge Gathering – Tucson, March 17, 2016 at 8 am – 5 pm

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La Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance Without Borders is proposing to host an Indigenous Knowledge Gathering in Tucson March 17, at the Global Justice Center.

The gathering is a semilla and extension of collaboration and solidarity with the first Indigenous Knowledge Gathering in San Francisco this past May 2015.

The Indigenous Knowledge Gathering Tuscon is strategically prior to The National Association of Ethnic Studies ((, and the National MEChA Conference ( with activities extending from March 17 to the 20th.

The Indigenous Knowledge Gathering agenda is a community effort and in development. Please stay posted for updates and announcements. If you are interested in becoming involved, please feel free to reach out at The working goals of the gathering include:

1) Collecting testimonies, observations, and critical analysis of indigenous scholarship and cultural movements.

2) To gather and build a community of indigenous communities, indigenous scholars, and indigenous scholar practitioners representing indigenous groups, cultures, and traditions.

3) To build inquiry, strategy, and methods to disrupt scholarship and education models that subjugates and prejudice indigenous populations, history, culture, and traditions.

It is not accidental that all of these conferences will all be held in Arizona, as the state has been akin to the Deep South for some time, a laboratory of hate, but also of resistance. When you get here, remember that you are arriving to what some call the borderlands. Actually, you will be arriving to Indian Country.

This a FREE EVENT and open to all communities.

Host Committee Members to date:
Jose Matus, Director, Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras
Tupak Enrique and Evie Reyes-Aguirre, Tonatierra-Nahuacalli (Phoenix)
Shannon Rivers, O’otham nation.
Maria Molina and Jesus Ruiz, Calpolli Teoxicalli (Tucson)
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, University of Arizona
Angela Mictlanoxchitl Anderson Guerrero, California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA)

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Job – Assistant Professor (tenure track), Indigenous Studies, University of Sudbury. Dec. 1, 2015

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies

The University of Sudbury, a bilingual and tri-cultural institution and founding member of the Laurentian Federation, invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies commencing July 1, 2016. The Department of Indigenous Studies seeks a dynamic candidate with an expertise in the areas of: health and wellness, community-based research, Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous spirituality. Applicants should have a PhD, or ABD in Indigenous Studies or related discipline and have a demonstrated ability for excellence in research, teaching, publications and working with Indigenous communities. Experience in teaching and Indigenous research and knowledge of an Indigenous language and/or French will be considered definite assets.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier and three separate confidential reference letters directed to: Dr. Pierre Zundel, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sudbury, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2015 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This announcement is directed primarily but not exclusively to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University of Sudbury encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities.


Indigenous Speakers Series: Top Down vs. Community-Driven: Indigenous Health Policy In Canada. NOV. 25, 2015, 9 am–12 pm

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Dr. Shannon Waters and Dr. Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest will share their extensive experience with the development and implementation of Indigenous health policy in Canada. Presenters will discuss the roles of traditional knowledge, politics, community-driven approaches and research & surveillance in the development of Indigenous health programming and Indigenous health policy at federal and provincial levels. As Indigenous peoples reclaim their health, and with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care (the Romanow Report), the presenters will discuss the complexities that arise when efforts are made to incorporate multiple voices in the creation of Indigenous health policy from the grassroots level.


9:00am – 12pm

Franklin Lew Forum

Allard School of Law 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

Register at our website:




CFP – Western Research Centre of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN), Due: Jan. 15, 2015

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Please find attached the Fall 2015 Call for Proposals from the Western Research Centre of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN). Please feel free to distribute to your contacts.

Call for Proposals (.doc): UAKN Nov. 2015 CFP Western RC
If you have any questions please contact:

Dr. Paul Bowles, Economics Department, University of Northern BC:
Dr. Ross Hoffman, First Nations Studies Dept., University of Northern BC:

14th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, March 4 & 5, 2016

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SAVE THE DATE: 14th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium will be held on March 4 & 5, 2016 at the UBC Longhouse

UBC & SFU Partnership

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pamela Palmater, Associate Professor & Chair in Indigenous Governance, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

The University and Community have shaped each other for some time now. This year The Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium invites submissions that explore transformation through Indigenous Research and Knowledge by thinking about how research interacts with community and how community shapes research. Please use this wordle to find inspiration for your abstract while you wait for the call for abstracts for presentations and posters.

Coyote Keyboard Workshop by Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, Nov 4, 2015, 12-1:30 pm

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Coyote's Keyboard - Dr. Archibald

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is Sto:lo and St’at’imc, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, NITEP Director, and Professor in Educational Studies. She will share her scholarly writing experiences and guidance that she received from Indigenous Elders, storytellers, and Tricksters such as Coyote about Indigenous stories. In this session, she and those who attend will have an opportunity to share their approaches, concerns, and successes about the ways that Indigenous stories can shape our writing so that we address the heart, mind, body, and spirit in our scholarship. Dr. Archibald is the author of “Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit” published by UBC Press in 2008.

The Coyote’s Keyboard Writing Series emphasizes ways of presenting and writing Indigenous scholarship. All are welcome to attend these sessions.

Coyote’s Keyboard – Dr. Archibald

Yukon conference hears of uneasy relationship between science and traditional knowledge

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Yukon conference hears of uneasy relationship between science and traditional knowledge

‘It is a battle to train young biologists to try and understand our ways of thinking’

By Philippe Morin, CBC News Posted: Sep 30, 2015 7:00 AM CT 

Billy Archie of the Aklavik Community Corporation said he's often had to re-explain his knowledge of arctic char to different biologists who come and go.

Billy Archie of the Aklavik Community Corporation said he’s often had to re-explain his knowledge of arctic char to different biologists who come and go. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Aboriginal hunters and members of wildlife management boards are in Whitehorse this week, talking about how traditional knowledge can be better incorporated into scientific research.

The Yukon government hosts the Yukon North Slope Conference every three years, in partnership with the region’s Wildlife Management Advisory Council.

One panel at the two-day conference gathered Inuvialuit harvesters from the Mackenzie Delta region of the N.W.T., who discussed their experiences with scientists and research teams.

Some had good things to say — while others described a confusing and sometimes insulting process.

Billy Archie of the Aklavik Community Corporation said he’s often had to re-explain his knowledge of arctic char, as many different biologists — working for government or universities — come and go from the region.

“I lost count now,” Archie said. “It is a battle to train young biologists to try and understand our ways of thinking and what we see.”

Douglas Esagok, an Inuvik-based director with the Inuvialuit Game Council says some academic researchers often visit communities only once.

“They come and they go and you never see them again. It’s a flash in the pan,” Esagok said.

Integrating traditional knowledge

The Yukon North Slope Conference is not looking only at the relationships between communities and visiting researchers.

There’s also a larger issue being considered — how traditional knowledge, a term which encompasses family stories, first-hand observation and even stories told over multiple generations, can be incorporated into scientific research.

‘The tendency is that scientists will listen to what’s being said and only some of that is considered valid,’ said Brenda Parlee, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Brenda Parlee, an assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, says there’s often a disconnect between the scientific community and the northerners whose lives and environment they study.

“A lot of traditional knowledge has yet to be documented in a format where it’s easily included in decision making,” Parlee said.

“The tendency is that scientists will listen to what’s being said and only some of that is considered valid.”

Parlee argues that traditional knowledge is scientifically valid and deserves more consideration.

“People have been hunting in the same places, watching the same kind of indicators, doing the same kind of land use activities for generation after generation after generation,” Parlee said.

“If you look at the litmus test for what is good rigorous science, that is good rigorous science.”

Randall Pokiak, a harvester who helped negotiate the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, said the relationship between scientists and aboriginal communities is ideally a two-way street. He said science can help explain what traditional knowledge cannot.

Randall Pokiak told the conference that communities need science to explain what traditional knowledge cannot. ‘Climate change really made a big difference,’ he said. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

“Climate change really made a big difference,” Pokiak said. “Our knowledge was good until the about the mid-1980s. After that, now we don’t know what’s happening to that changing environment.”

“We’ve got to start basically gaining some new knowledge.”

Comparative International Education Society Indigenous SIG Webinar to learn how to submit a proposal Oct 7th at 11 a.m. PST

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Greetings SAGE members,

The Comparative International Education Society will be in Vancouver in March, 2016.  They have a relatively new Indigenous SIG, whose members want to ensure that they are connecting with local Indigenous scholars. There are opportunities to organize a panel on a topic of interest to you that relates to Indigenous knowledges in the academy or submit an individual paper or poster.

There will be a webinar on Oct 7th with the Indigenous SIG founder (Dr. Ladi Semali) and many other SIG members. This webinar will also open the conversation for those of you who would like to learn more about how to make connections based on shared histories, common issues in Indigenous education today. Participants will also be invited to share their work and bring forward any questions or concerns about the upcoming proposal deadline on Oct. 15th, 2015. Please see attached call for proposals and webinar poster for more information.

This is a great opportunity to be involved with an international conference without having to incur the significant costs of travel- and meet some neat people who share similar interests and passions.

Also, if you are interested in sharing anything about our local context here in B.C. and Canada, please let me know. I welcome your participation and sharing. Many minds/hearts are better than one!

Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG-2016-CFP


Amy Parent
Assistant Professor
Indigenous Education
Simon Fraser University
Unceded Territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Peoples