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Cary Miller, Native Studies Department Head

Cary Miller, head of Native Studies, organized the Indigenization Drop in and Lunch series, a space for open dialogue on Indigenization and reconciliation in research and instruction. Photo by David Lipnowski.

Indigenization and reconciliation the focus of new drop in series

November 6, 2019 — 

Are you looking to add Indigenous perspectives to your work, but don’t know where or how to start?

Native Studies is hosting an Indigenization Drop In and Lunch. It’s the perfect fit for academics, staff, and graduate students looking to add Indigenous content to courses or research. The drop in is run by the scholars and faculty members from the Native Studies Department, and is an open space for you to bring questions.

Cary Miller, head of the Department of Native Studies, says the drop in was started for two reasons.

“Those who had participated in the summer institute indicated they wished to have an opportunity to connect and ask further questions from time to time,” says Miller. “Also, I and other members of the department were getting invitations to coffee or lunch issued from our peers who want advice on course development and Indigenous content infusion. It made sense to create a sort of open dialogue space for this.”

Don’t know what to ask? Miller says in past sessions participants have asked questions around interpreting the campus’s Indigenous governance report; how to connect with communities around research; and, suggestions for assigned readings. While these are just a handful of questions, the opportunity for dialogue within the drop in is endless.

David Parent of Native Studies, says that anyone attending the drop in can expect insightful dialogue in an informal setting.

“There is certainly a need to connect researchers,” he says. “Informal settings can be a great way to introduce those not engaged in our discipline to what we are doing.”

For those who cannot attend, Parent suggests they add the following to their reading lists: Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements in First World Locations edited by Aileen Moreton-Robison and Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies by Chris Andersen and Jean M. O’Brien.

207 Isbister (Native Studies Boardroom)
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

12 to 2 p.m.
November 12 and 26, 2019
December 10, 2019

native_studies [at] umanitoba [dot] ca         



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