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Scholars gather to discuss the genocide of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and beyond

July 14, 2014 — 

Genocide scholars from around the globe will gather at the University of Manitoba July 16-19, 2014, to explore the genocide of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and beyond.These keynote speakers will tackle the hard truths and lasting legacies of colonial control over, expansion into, appropriation and settlement of Indigenous territories:

  • July 16, 7 p.m.: Felix Cardenas Aguilar, Bolivian vice-minister of decolonization and Ned Blackhawk, Shoshone history professor (Marshall McLuhan Hall, University Centre)
  • July 17, 4:40 p.m.: Historian Amy Lonetree on decolonizing museums (Room 210, University Centre)
  • July 18, 5:30 p.m.: Australian scholar Tony Barta (Room 210, University Centre)

 “International scholars will discuss genocide as an ongoing, global threat, with particular attention to the plight of Indigenous peoples who face the threat of collective destruction,” says conference organizer and University of Manitoba sociologist Andrew Woolford. “These conversations will include consideration of genocide in Canada and offer insights into how Canadians can grapple with colonialism in this country.”

Most sessions will be open to the media, including some that explore the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago. The full schedule is available online.

The University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery is also hosting a public exhibition titled Photrocity, and the Graduate Students’ Association lounge (Room 217, University Centre) will feature presentations by artists on representing genocide.


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For more information on the conference, please contact Helen Fallding, manager of the Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Manitoba, at: 204-474-6156, cell: 204-918-2066, or email: fallding [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

For information on the International Association of Genocide Scholars, contact Rafiki Ubaldo at: rubaldo [at] genocidescholars [dot] org


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