Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change

Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change series spotlights the efforts of Indigenous communities to collect, preserve, control and mobilize their oral and written histories. It also identifies best practices of both Indigenous and settler K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions for incorporating these histories into their history education programs without recolonizing Indigenous peoples and their meanings.

The series is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies and the Faculties of Education and of Arts at the University of Ottawa. It is organized in collaboration with the History in Canada: First Peoples’ Perspectives project initiated by the Cégep de l'Outaouais and the Kitigan Zibi First Nation Cultural Education Centre.


November 10 - 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Treaty and Inherent rights and kinship responsibilities to guide all the children in a natural ethical way

In this presentation, University of Alberta doctoral candidate Dale Saddleback will discuss themes of loss, learning from mistakes and mutual respect.

Registration is required.

Presenter: Dale Saddleback


November 10 - 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Indigenous Research Chairs on Historical Memory and the Teaching of the Past

In this conversation, professors Alan CorbiereBrenda Macdougall, and Pierrot Ross-Tremblay will explore themes of cultural appropriation and recolonization in educational contexts.

Registration is required.

Presenters: Alan CorbiereBrenda MacdougallPierrot Ross-Tremblay. 


November 24 - 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Social Memory Technology or the Right to Memory: The perspective of the Museum of the Person

In this conversation, founder and director of Museu da Pessoa Karen Worcman will discuss Social Memory Technology, the concept of the ‘right of memory’ and the production of history.

Registration is required.

Presenter: Karen Worcman


November 24 - 7 pm to 8:30 pm

“Yarning about Yarning”

This event will focus on ‘Yarning' and  Professor Stuart Barlo, Dean of the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University, will explain and elaborate the connections between the Yarning Method of communication and Indigenous knowledges.

Registration is required.

Presenter: Stuart Barlo


December 8 - 3 pm to 4:30 pm

The Social Memory Technology or the Power of Life Stories: Karen Worcman in Conversation with Pierrot Ross-Tremblay 

In this exchange, the presenters will use museum case studies from Brazil to illustrate the methodology of Social Memory Technology.

Registration is required.

Presenters: Karen Worcman and Pierrot Ross-Tremblay

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