2017-18 PRESIDENT'S SPEAKERS SERIES
Dr. Niigaan Sinclair
"Indigenous Immemorial: Our Worlds post #Canada150"
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 7 p.m. | Crabtree Auditorium
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and a faculty member in the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes.
Sinclair is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the editorial director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.
Co-sponsored as the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Lecture in Canadian Studies
Founding Member of A Tribe Called Red, DJ, and Feminist
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, 7 p.m. | Convocation Hall
Ian Campeau, also known as DJ NDN, is a founding member of the music group A Tribe Called Red (ATCR). Through a powerful combination of art and activism, Ian works to draw attention to issues of racism, gender-based violence, stigmas of mental health, and other forms of oppression. Ian is Ojibwe, Anishinaabe from the Nipissing First Nation.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde
Assembly of First Nations
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 7 p.m. | Convocation Hall
Elected as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2014, Perry Bellegarde has spent his entire adult life putting into practice his strong beliefs in the laws and traditions instilled in him by the many Chiefs and Elders he has known over the years. Passionate about making measurable progress on the issues that matter most to First Nations people, he is a strong advocate for the implementation of inherent First Nations and Treaty rights and is widely known as a consensus builder.
Co-sponsored by the Josiah Wood Lecture Fund
Elder of the Mi'kmaw Nation
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, 7 p.m. | Crabtree Auditorium
Elder Albert Marshall is from the Moose Clan of the Mi'kmaw Nation. He is a fluent speaker of the Mi'kmaw language and the 'designated voice' for the Mi'kmaw Elders of Unama'ki with respect to environmental issues.
Albert and his wife Murdena are strong advocates for 'Etuaptmumk/Two-Eyed Seeing,' a phrase he coined for the gift of multiple perspectives. They encourage it be used as a guiding principle for the co-learning journey of different cultural knowledges working together.
Roberta Jamieson, OC
President and CEO of Indspire, Canada's premiere Indigenous-led charity
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 7 p.m. | Brunton Auditorium
A member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, Jamieson (LLD '16) became the first aboriginal woman ever to receive a law degree in Canada in 1976. The first woman appointed as Ontario ombudsman (1985), Jamieson was also the first non-parliamentarian to be appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons committee.
In 2001, Jamieson became the first woman to be elected chief of the Six Nations of Grand River Territory and, in 2004 she joined Indspire, which has disbursed almost $79 million through 25,000 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students.
Co-sponsored by the Botsford Westmorland Fund
Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, 7 p.m. | Brunton Auditorium
A senior associate with Burchells LLP, Metallic's teaching and research interests include constitutional law, aboriginal, public, administrative, civil procedure, evidence, and labour and employment. She was named to the 2016 Best Lawyer in Canada list in the area of aboriginal law.
Co-sponsored by the Wilford Jonah Lecture Fund