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“Why We Should All be Activists”: What Haudenosaunee philosophy can teach us about our responsibility to the Earth Ft. Alicia Elliott

Date
October 28, 2019
Time
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location
LIB072, 350 Victoria Street

Event description

This event explores aspects of Haudenosaunee philosophy and its relationship to social justice struggles today.  Writer Alicia Elliott will address: the nature of activism, its criminalization, and how Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of battles over the politics of development, climate, and social change in Canada.  Is government's responsibility to the people it governs, or is it to capital? And what would happen if we all decided that a person's responsibility isn't only to themselves and their families, or even to the government, but also to the Earth upon which all of us depend? Maybe the time has come, Elliott argues, for all of us to be activists.

Speaker bios:

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She has written for Globe and Mail, CBC, Hazlitt and many other media outlets. Her essays have been nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, is a national bestseller.

Megan Scribe (Ininiw iskwew, Norway House Cree Nation) is an interdisciplinary Indigenous feminist researcher, writer, and educator. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. Her research establishes connections between violence in the lives of Indigenous girls and settler colonialism. She is the author of Pedagogy of Indifference and a co-author of Not Enough Human: At the Scenes of Indigenous and Black Dispossession. Scribe received both her BA Hons in English Literature and MA in Socio-Legal Studies from York University and is completing her doctoral studies in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a recipient of the Joseph Armand Bombardier Graduate Student Scholarship. Scribe is a Community Council Member for Aboriginal Legal Service’s Community Diversion program.