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Fri May 7 detailed schedule

Morning sessions | 10-11:30 am | Attend either A or B

Session A - "Gravemarkers, Legendary Narratives, and Spiritual Connections: Indigenous Epistemology and the Challenges of Settler Colonialism"

Chair: Melissa Walter, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of the Fraser Valley

Over the past century and a half settler Colonialism has posed a range of challenges to the Indigenous people of what is now British Columbia. An earlier generation of historical scholarship exposed the coercive and assimilative process and outcomes of colonialism on Indigenous people focused principally on physical actions that could be seen, documented, and measured through western metrics (ie. the “land question” and residential schools).  In this panel we build upon this foundation but shift the focus to the more intangible, and therefore often less visible, epistemological and ontological impacts of settler colonialism and Indigenous persistence/resistance.  The intellectual themes and analytical lenses of spirituality, hybridity, territoriality, and sovereignty weave their way through the analysis presented in each of the papers.  Collectively the panel shows different ways ethnohistorical analysis can bring new insights to issues that might otherwise appear outside the context of the ongoing contestations of settler colonialism and Indigenous rights and title.

Presenter(s):  John Lutz, University of Victoria

Presenter(s):  Keith Thor Carlson , University of the Fraser Valley

Presenter(s):  Deidre Cullon, Adjunct, Master of Community Planning Department, Vancouver Island University

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Session B -  "Critical Reflections on the Makings of Neighbourhoods and Cities"

Chair: Geoffrey Spurling, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of the Fraser Valley

Presenter(s):  Trevor Wideman, University of Toronto

Presenter(s):  Jennifer Chutter, PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University

Presenter(s):  Emmerson Pollard, Danny Moisan, Hannah Sprague, and Osinowo Yusrah (Vancouver Island University students)

Presenter(s):  Nicole Congdon, Arenike Alli, Funto Akanbi, and Jaden Welsh (Vancouver Island University students)

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Welcome and Keynote | 1 - 2:30 pm

Facilitator: Keith CarlsonCanada Research Chair, Indigenous Studies and Community Engaged History/ Chair, Peace and Reconciliation Centre, University of the Fraser Valley


Presenter(s):  Dr. Gwendolyn Point

Presenter(s):  David McIlwraith

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Afternoon sessions | 3 - 4:30 pm | Attend either A, B or C

Session A -  "Researching History Through Indigenous-Mentored Community Collaboration: Student Projects from the 2018 Stó:lō Ethnohistory Field School"

Chair: Naxaxalhts’i | Albert “Sonny” McHalsie, Sxweyxweyá:m (Historian)/Cultural Advisor for the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre

The Stó:lō Ethnohistory Fieldschool has been facilitating community-engaged, Indigenous-mentored, experiential learning opportunities for graduate students for over two decades. Every two years Stó:lō Knowledge Keepers, along with staff from the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, generate a list of historical research topics that students choose from.  This panel profiles three the research of three students from the 2018 fieldschool revealing the breadth of projects that the community has identified as priorities, and the adaptability and creativity of history graduate student scholarship. 

Presenter(s):  Jill Levine (University of Victoria, MA student)

Presenter(s):  Juliana Schneider Medeiros (Visiting PhD student, University of Saskatchewan)

Presenter(s):  Harris Ford (University of Saskatchewan, MA student)

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Session B -  "Re-examining the Second World War in BC history"

Chair: Robin Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of the Fraser Valley

Presenter(s):  Kylie Wall (University of the Fraser Valley, Bachelor of Arts Degree - History Honours, June 2019)

Presenter(s):  Scott Sheffield, University of the Fraser Valley

Presenter(s):  Yasmin Amaratunga Railton, Kaitlin Findlay, and Trevor Wideman

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Session C - Roundtable: Strategies for Integrating Peace-building and Reconciliation-building into BC University Curriculum and Pedagogies

Chair: Keith Carlson, Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Studies and Community Engaged History/ Chair, Peace and Reconciliation Centre,  University of the Fraser Valley

In this forum we are providing a group of Indigenous and settler Canadian teacher/scholars with an opportunity to describe and reflect upon the work they have been doing in their undergraduate classrooms to integrate peace-building strategies and reconciliation-building approaches into their pedagogy and curriculum.  The panelists represent teachers at different stages in their academic careers and from different disciplines.  The presentations will be short so that there is time for each of the panelist to respond to one another’s pedagogies and to still leave plenty of time for questions and discussions with the audience. 

Presenter(s):  Madeline Knickerbocker, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Presenter(s):  Lolehawk Laura Buker, University of the Fraser Valley

Presenter(s):  Robert Harding, University of the Fraser Valley

Presenter(s):  Steve Schroeder, University of the Fraser Valley

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