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Indigenous Women and Feminism: Culture, Activism, Politics Stollery Business Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada August 25-28, 2005


Thursday August 25, 2005

Registration: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM [Stollery Business Centre Foyer]

Opening Remarks and Welcome: 8:30 - 9:00 AM [Stollery Business 540B]

Chair: Cheryl Suzack (Univ. of Alberta/Univ. of Victoria)

Keynote Presentation 9:00 - 10:30 AM [Stollery Business Centre 540B]

  • Minnie Grey, Chief Negotiator Nunavik Self-Government
    "FROM THE TUNDRA TO THE BOARDROOM AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN: Politics and the Changing Roles of Inuit Women in the Arctic"

Coffee Break 10:30 - 11:00 AM [Stollery Centre Lounge]

Session 1: 11:00 - 12:30 PM [Stollery Centre Meeting Rooms]

1.1 Roundtable Presentation by Members of Blue Quills First Nations College "Indigenous Women and Feminism: Newo Iyiniw Iskwewak Ekwa Iskwewak Mamtinackan"

Chair: Fay Fletcher (Co-Cordinator, Alberta ACADRE Network)

  • Patricia Makokis (Director of Research and Curriculum Development)
    Leona Makokis (President)
    Sherri Chisan (Coordinator of Leadership and Management Program)
    Diana Steinhauer (Instructor)
    Vincent Steinhauer (Instructor)

1.2 Aboriginal Women in the Academy

Chair: Angela Wolfe (Coordinator, Aboriginal Student Services Centre, Univ. ofAlberta)

  • Gale Cyr (School of Social Work, Universite du Quebec en Abitibi Temiscamingue, Québec) & Michelle Reid (School of Social Work, Univ. of the Cariboo)
    "Two Aboriginal Women in Conversation: Our Experiences and Reflections as Academics from the Margins"

  • Shirley Anne Hardman (Aboriginal Access Coordinator, Univ. College of the Fraser Valley) & Dolores Van Der Way (Educational Studies, Univ. of Alberta)
    "From the Depths of 'Silence': Aboriginal Women in the Academy"

1.3 Transnational Feminism, Collaboration, and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Chair: Dallas Cullen (Women's Studies, Univ. of Alberta)

  • Elizabeth Kalbfleisch (Visual and Cultural Studies, Univ. of Rochester)
    "Bordering on Feminism: Space, Solidarity, and Transnationalism in Rebecca Belmore's Vigil"

  • Joanne Barker (American Indian Studies, San Francisco State Univ.)
    "Women's Work"

  • Erin Graham (Sociology of Education, Univ. of British Columbia)
    "Building Alliances between Indigenous Feminists and Non-Indigenous Feminists at the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre"

1.4 Cultural Identity and Local Processes: En-gendering Distinctions in Canadian Indian Country

Chair: Heather Tapley (Women's Studies, Univ. of Alberta)

  • Kathleen Buddle-Crowe (Anthropology, Univ. of Manitoba)
    "Hobnobbing with the 'Nishnabe Glitterati': Inscribing a Politics of Style at Aboriginal Media Festivals"

  • Beatrice Medicine (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of California, Irvine)
    "Discordant Dialogues: Indigenous Women and 'White' Feminists"

  • Nahanni Fontaine (Native Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology, Univ. of Manitoba)
    "'Old Ladies,' 'Bitches' and 'Hoe's': Deconstructing the Female Aboriginal Gang Member"

  • Lindy-Lou Flynn (Anthropology & School of Native Studies, Univ. of Alberta)
    "'But Who Irons the Ribbon Shirts?': Hidden Stories of Native Wives"

Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Session 2: 1:30 - 3:00 PM [Stollery Centre Meeting Rooms]

2.1 Legal Constructions of Indigenous Women

Chair: Val Napoleon (Faculty of Law & School of Native Studies, Univ. of Alberta)

  • Darcie L. Houck (Monteau & Peebles, LLP, Sacramento, CA)
    "The Indian Child Welfare Act, Traditional Roles and Maintaining the Indian Family in a Culture Going 5,000 Miles an Hour"

  • Julia Emberley (English, Univ. of Western Ontario)
    "Chiasmatic Encounters: Indigenous Women's Justice and the Law in Yvonne Johnson's Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman"

  • Harata Paterson (School of Law, Univ. of Waikato)
    "Postcolonial or Post Solo Mother: Are There Any Parallels?"

2.2 Indigenous Women in Latin America

Chair: Chadwick Allen (English, Ohio State Univ.)

  • Joan M. Reynolds (Political Science, Univ. of Alberta)
    "Mujer Maya: Transgressive Sites of Feminist Revitalization"

  • Dolores Figueroa Romero (Sociology, York Univ.)
    "The Contested Location of Indigenous Women's Political Struggles: Women's Rights and the Agenda of Indigenous Peoples' Organizations in Ecuador and Nicaragua"

  • Laura Hobson Herlihy (Latin American Studies, Univ. of Kansas)
    "Ethno or Indigenous Feminism? Lessons from Middle America"

2.3 Indigenous Feminism in Art, Literature, and History

Chair: Theresa Cowan (English & Film Studies, Univ. of Alberta)

  • Kim Anderson (Chair, National Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group)
    "Exploring Indigenous Feminism through Art"

  • Katherine Durnin (Comparative Literature, Univ. of Alberta)
    "Bernard Assiniwi's Feminist History of the Beothuk"

  • Pamela McCallum (English, Univ. of Calgary)
    "Rewriting the Archive: The Art of Jane Ash Poitras"

  • Jeanne Perreault (English, Univ. of Calgary)
    "Faye Heavyshield: Vision in Four Dimensions"

Coffee Break 3:00 - 3:30 PM [Stollery Centre Lounge]

Plenary Session: 3:30 - 6:00 PM [Stollery Centre 540B]

Aboriginal Feminism in Canada: Current Problems, Future Possibilities

Chair: Jeanne Perreault (English, Univ. of Calgary)

  • Cora Weber-Pillwax (Indigenous Peoples Education Program, Univ. of Alberta)
    "Without My Brother, I am Not: Indigenous Feminism at My Mother's Knee"

  • Kristina Fagan (English, Univ. of Saskatchewan)
    "In Search of Our Mothers' Stories: Women's Strength in the Stories of the Labrador Metis"

  • Jo-Ann Episkenew (English, First Nations Univ. of Canada)
    "Self-Governance and Gender Equity: Say fareWel, Ladies"

  • Deanna Reder (English, Univ. of British Columbia)
    "Invisible Out of Place: Indigenous Women as Feminist Activists and/or Public Intellectuals"

  • Joyce Green (Political Science, Univ. of Regina)
    "Making Space: Articulating Aboriginal Feminism"

  • Lee Maracle (First Nations House, Univ. of Toronto)
    "Appropriation of Aboriginal Feminine Knowledge: Visibility and Invisibility in the Feminist (Global) Context"

Evening Reception and Reading 8:00 - 10:00 PM [Latitude 53]

Introductions by Jeanne Perreault, University of Calgary

  • Kimberly Blaeser, author of Absentee Indians and Other Poems (Michigan State University Press, 2002), Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishnaabe Prose, 1999), and Trailing You (Greenfield Review Press, 1995)

  • Marilyn Dumont, poet and author of A Really Good Brown Girl (Brick Books, 1996) and green girl dreams Mountains (Oolichan Books, 2001)

  • Lee Maracle, author of Bent Box (Theytus Books, 2000), I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism (Press Gang, 1996), and Ravensong (Press Gang, 1995)

  • Janet McAdams, author of The Island of Lost Luggage (University of Arizona Press, 2000)