Schedule may be subject to change.

Thursday, April 20th


Please visit the registration desk located in the Kaneff Tower 7th floor common area when you arrive for the conference to pick up your registration package. Registration will be open Thursday and Friday morning. There will be coffee and light breakfast.


Session 1

PANEL 1A: Exploitative Labour and Radicalized Workers

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PANEL 1B: Meeting Grounds and the Difficult Work of Reconciliation

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15-Minute Break


Session 2

PANEL 2A: Troubled Narratives / Troubling Narratives

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PANEL 2B: Erasure, (In)visibility, and Marginalization

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15-Minute Break


PANEL 3: Discourse on Disability in Canada

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The conference reception will be held at the York Research Conference Centre, 519 Kaneff Tower. Enjoy refreshments, light fare, live music and networking before the 6:30 lecture by Dr. Bonita Lawrence!

Robarts Lecture by Dr. Bonita Lawrence

Canada at 150: Where is the “Truth” in the Reconciliation Process?

In the midst of celebrating the 150th anniversary there has been a recent spate of “residential school denial” (and other aspects of accelerated racism) that have taken place. This talk focuses on those issues and speaks to the failure of our Prime Minister to address so many campaign promises for Indigenous peoples, the ongoing colonial project in the north, and how ‘stepping up’ racist talk only increases the distance between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians that Canada was built on.

Bonita Lawrence (bonita-headMi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on federally unrecognized Indigenous communities, urban and non-status Indigenous identities, Indigenous-African Relations, and Indigenous justice. In addition to a number of book chapters and articles, she is the author of Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario (UBC Press, 2012), “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood, (Nebraska and UBC, 2004) and co-editor, with Kim Anderson, of a collection of Native women’s scholarly and activist writing entitled Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival.


Friday, April 21st

Breakfast Welcome with filmmaker Lisa Jackson and VR Experience

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We would like to acknowledge the families and friends of the victims of the Highway of Tears, as well as all the other families across Canada that are missing their loved ones. It is their perseverance that brings us together and why we continue to identify violence against women, specifically Aboriginal women, as an issue that affects us all. It is in the memory of the missing and murdered women that the Carrier Sekani Family Services Highway of Tears Initiative is grounded.

CBC’s first virtual reality documentary, Highway of Tears transports viewers to the Wilson home and then onto the notorious stretch of Highway 16, providing a visceral experience of the landscape and the personal tragedies that haunt that landscape and that have affected so many Indigenous people in Canada. The documentary was directed by Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson.

Panel 4: Challenging Canadianness

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Session 5

Panel 5A: Critical Policy: Control of Marginalized Bodies

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Panel 5B: Unsettled Ground and Sacraments of Space

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Elder in the Making Film Screening and Discussion with Director Chris Hsiung

Underground Campus Kitchen, Chancellors Room

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“What is the worth of a human life,” says Marcus Cicero, “unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”

This film is inspired by the work of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, a group of artists, musicians, playwrights, elders, and technicians trying to bring the stories of aboriginal and settler relationship to the forefront.

Cowboy Smithx is only beginning to understand his Blackfoot ancestry. For now, he marks his missing identity with an “X” to remind him of the memories erased by generations of physical and cultural trauma. Little did he know this search would put him on a path to becoming an elder. But what does mean to be an elder?

“An Elder isn’t defined by age, but by an openness to learning, to history. An Elder takes responsibility for his community.” Cowboy looks across the prairies from his home on the Peigan reserve. “It’s time we learned the stories of this land.”

Pub Night Networking (optional)

Shopsy’s Sports Grill