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‘I’m Métis: What’s your excuse?’: On the optics and misrecognition of Métis in Canada

Chris Andersen, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

As a kid, I spent my formative years growing up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In addition to the numerous visits to family living north of the city, we used to attend “Back to Batoche,” an annual Métis celebration held adjacent to the historic battleground...

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Beyond multiculturalism: Reclaiming tolerance and human judgment

Frank Furedi, University of Kent
Guest Contributor

At a security conference in Munich earlier this month, British prime minister David Cameron mistakenly argued that tolerance was responsible for the failure of multiculturalism. “Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism,” he said. However, Cameron shouldn’t blame the problems of multiculturalism on tolerance.

What is ‘passive tolerance’? Tolerance is anything but passive. Tolerance requires courage, conviction and a commitment to freedom – key...

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Indigenous knowledge, symbolic literacy and the 1764 Treaty at Niagara

Lynn Gehl, York University
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

Kwey Kwey; Mnakinag ndoodem.  Pikwàkanagàn n´doonjiba.  Peterborough megwa ndidaa.  Giizhigaate-Mnidoo-kwe ndizhinikaaz. Nda zhaaganaashii noozwin Lynn Gehl.

It was in the year 1764 when the Treaty at Niagara took place.  This event served to ratify the...

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Indigenizing university administration or Tâwaw cî? (Take 2)

Jo-Ann Episkenew, University of Regina
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

Iskwêw ka-wasaka pîkiswêt niya. Kishchee tey mo’yawn aen li Michif wi’yan. My name is Woman Who Speaks for the Circle, and I am proud to be Métis.

Several years ago my friend Deanna Reder and I made a presentation to the Chairs of English Departments in Canada.  Our...

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On making love to death: Plains Cree and Blackfoot wisdom

Dwayne Donald, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

This blog post is part of the Federation Equity Issues Portfolio’s ‘Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education’ series, which will be the focus of the Portfolio’s programming at Congress 2011.

My main role in my Faculty is to create, expand and enhance the opportunities students have to engage with Indigenous standpoints and experiences in association with curricular and pedagogical considerations. This is a new and unique role for our Faculty. My encounters with students can be difficult, contentious, and punctuated with various forms...

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