Speaker Series on Aboriginal Issues 2016

This March, join us for our annual Speaker Series on Aboriginal Issues! For the first four Wednesdays of the month, we will be hosting a public talk or panel discussion on various issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples, their language, culture, and history. All four events begin at 7:00 pm, and they’re free and open to everyone. No RSVP required! This lecture series is presented in partnership with SFU’s the Indigenous Research Institute and the Office for Aboriginal Peoples

Dragons and Tricksters : An Intersection of Chinese and First Nations Culture, Philosophy, and Leadership
March 2, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Presented by William G. Lindsay, this lecture will consider the question: What fascinating observations can be made and what personal, philosophical, and leadership lessons can be contrasted, compared, and shared through this cross-cultural intersection.

Two-Spirit and Indigenous Transgender Stories and Photos of Safety, Belonging and Wellbeing
March 9, 2016 | 7:00 PM Free, everyone is welcome!
This presentation by Cindy Holmes, Bon Fabian, Elizabeth James, Sandy Lambert and Chase Willier will discuss emerging themes from Two-Spirit and Indigenous transgender co-researchers in a community-based participatory research project. 

Pragmatism at the Intersection of Indigeneity, Cultural Property, and Intangible Heritage
March 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM Free, everyone is welcome!
George Nicholas will speak to the ineffective and harmful repercussions of heritage management policies, when groups are denied meaningful engagement in decision making processes. 

Finding Mile Zero on the Powwow Trail
March 23, 2016 | 7:00 PM Free, everyone is welcome!
Eldon Yellowhorn will explore the Brocket Indian Days, which is the longest running annual powwow in Canada. Since 1954, when the Piikani First Nation hosted its first powwow, these events have gained much attention among first nations.