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You Are on Unceded Land – 3 of 3: Research-creation practices of Indigenous women


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00
With Elizabeth Fast, Concordia University, Suzy Basile, UQAT, Amanda Roy, Rezolution Pictures. Series led by Ioana Radu, in collaboration with Concordia’s First People Studies and DIALOG

*Please note that this event will take place at the School of Community & Public Affairs.

To underline Montreal’s 375th anniversary the First Peoples Studies Program (School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University), in collaboration with the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University) and DIALOG (Aboriginal Peoples Knowledge and Research Network), is organizing a series of round tables to honor and acknowledge the role of Indigenous peoples in the city’s history and collective identity of the province.

Research-creation practices of Indigenous women

The term research-creation has specific standards of practice in which the creation process is to be situated within the research activity and the products include dissemination across multiple media and visual arts platforms.  An indigenous research paradigm often implies the dissemination and mobilization of the co-created knowledge in formats other than the standard scholarly text.  But beyond the final product, Indigenous research also implies creative ways in engaging communities, specific ethical standards and responsibilities, as well as a commitment to supporting social justice and equity. This third and last panel in the series will explore the role of Indigenous women in research and creation, and the role of the city in how such practices are shaped and deployed in Indigenous communities.

About the speakers

Elizabeth Fast is assistant professor of Applied Human Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science. She was born in the small community of St. François Xavier, Manitoba and has Métis and Mennonite ancestry. Her research explores cultural identity among urban Indigenous youth by using a participatory and Indigenous methodological frameworks. She is a Board member of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal and member of the circle of care of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network.

Suzy Basile comes from the Atikamekw community of Wemotaci. She has a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree in Anthropology. She is Professor in the newly created School of Indigenous Studies at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), at the Val-d’Or campus, and a member of the steering committee of DIALOG Aboriginal Peoples Research and Knowledge Network. Her PhD thesis examined the role and the place of Atikamekw women in land and natural resource governance, as well as the ethics in research with Indigenous peoples. Dr. Basile was involved in the development process of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador’s research protocol (2005, 2014), Quebec Native Women’s Association Guidelines for research with Aboriginal women (2012), and co-lead the development of the Toolbox of Research Principles in an Aboriginal Context in 2014, including the current 2nd edition.

Amanda Roy is Anishinaabe from the community of Buzwah, which is part of the Wikwemikong  Unceded reserve on Manitoulin Island. She is interested in native issues, particularly cultural preservation and resurgence, accessible art, and environmental issues such as alternative energy. Her father is an accomplished woodland artist, which has given Amanda a taste for art. Amanda attended the University of Toronto and McGill University. She previously worked as an analyst in both the private and public IT sectors before switching to film. She currently resides in Montreal where she worked on various film and digital media projects in various roles with Mushkeg Media and Rezolution Pictures. She is currently working with Rezolution Pictures' sister company Schoolu, which combines the immersion of virtual reality (VR) with the engagement of game-play to inspire young minds to learn in the James Bay Region of Quebec. She is also working on her own film projects.

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