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Bringing the Calls to Action to Life: Celebrating Indigenous Research Showcase Week

News Release Release Date: September 20, 2018 2:30 p.m.

Indigenous research will be front and centre at the University of Regina’s Indigenous Research Showcase Week from September 23-28, 2018.  

Free and open to the public, this celebration of diversity, innovation, and connection to community will feature presentations and activities focused on Indigenous research from scholars across the University campus.

The week-long event is also another way in which the U of R is acting on the Calls to Action laid out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report - helping to make concrete changes in society, redressing the legacy of residential schools and advancing the process of Canadian reconciliation.

Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research), says the week-long event is an opportunity to showcase the high quality work being done by faculty, staff, and students at the University.

“Indigenous research reaches across every discipline and is integral to the University of Regina’s research enterprise,” says Malloy. “Indigenous Research Showcase Week helps us to shine a light on how vital this work is - with researchers and community partners working alongside one another to make positive differences in people’s lives and in their communities.”

Dr. Allyson Stevenson, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples and Global Social Justice, says a focus on Indigenous research helps to illustrate to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities that the work and the people doing the work are valued and important.

“One of the key messages is that Indigenous peoples and topics no are longer marginal to either society or to the University, but rather a fundamental part of the institution and its mandate,” says Stevenson.

The event kicks off on Sunday, September 23 with a Pipe Ceremony and a free soup and bannock lunch, followed by Stevenson’s keynote address about how her journey as an academic impacted her identity as a Métis person. 

A variety of topics will be explored daily, from discussions about the colonization of food and its impact on Indigenous peoples' lives and wellbeing to advice on how to write and publish in the era of decolonization and Indigenous resurgence.

On Wednesday, September 26, Dr. A. Blair Stonechild, an Indigenous Studies professor at First Nations University of Canada, will delve into how spirituality, traditionally an essential source of knowledge, continues to be important to Indigenous research. His talk is entitled, Spirituality as Foundational to Indigenous Research.

Dr. James Daschuk, associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, will round out the week with a presentation entitled, Dude, where's my statue? History, Identity and the Politics of Commemoration in a Post TRC Canada, a talk about the current debate over the commemoration of historic figures.

For a full listing of events, please visit https://www.uregina.ca/research/indigenous-research-day.html.

 

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