Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
WATERLOO CAMPUS- Idle No More Teach-In with Jessica Dolan
"Building Relationships Between Allies and Indigenous People"
Date: Apr 3/13
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: MacDonald House Residence Lounge, Waterloo Campus
Idle No More has inspired a resurgence of activism for justice for Indigenous people and for the environment. This movement for unity was precipitated by the passage of Canadian legislation that has been rejected by NGOs, U.N. representatives, and citizens as a breach of Indigenous, environmental and human rights; the strength of the movement has in turn been met with virulent racism in the press, and on the streets. Times of change are often accompanied by negative resistance. How can we build upon the consciousness raised by Idle No More to form better relationships between Native people, Canadians, Americans, and the natural world? Especially powerful work can be done at the grass roots. In this talk I'll offer some reflections from my personal and professional experience of what it means to me to be an ally.
Jessica Dolan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. She is currently working on her dissertation, which explores the social, political, and spiritual foundations of Haudenosaunee environmental knowledge. She chose this area of research to contribute to the formation of culturally-appropriate environmental protection and restoration policies at Six Nations of the Grand River, and in other Haudenosaunee communities. She has done various kinds of community advocacy and service work in the United States and Canada for thirteen years. As in the Haudenosaunee oral tradition, Jessica believes that "environment" includes the total ecology of social and biological environments, so cross-cultural advocacy for peace, justice and well-being is synergistic with processes of stewardship and protection of the natural world.
Contact: Laurie Minor
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