09. February 2018 - 18:00 till 20:00
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RJS Keynote with Lynn Gehl and Mercedes Peters | Dalhousie Student Union | Friday, 09. February 2018

Join us for a riveting discussion with Lynn Gehl and Mercedes Peters!

Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start in the SUB McInnes Room.

About our keynote presenters:

Lynn Gehl, Ph.D., is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe. She is an advocate, artist, writer, and an outspoken critic of colonial law and policies that harm Indigenous women, men, children, and the land. Her 2014 book based on her doctoral work “The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process” was published with Fernwood Publishing. Her 2017 book explores her journey deeper into Indigenous knowledge and was published with the University of ****** Press titled “Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit”. In April 2017 Lynn was successful in defeating Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s unstated paternity policy when the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled the *** discrimination in the policy was unreasonable.

Mercedes Peters is an Lnu’skw Master’s student in History at Dalhousie from Wolastoqiyik Territory and Glooscap First Nation. Understanding first-hand the impacts of the intergenerational trauma caused by colonization in “Canada”, she spends most of her time working to fight it. Currently, Mercedes’ research focuses on the impacts of assimilation policy on Indigenous lives and identities, particularly the lives and identities of Indigenous women, and how colonization as a tool of oppression becomes internalized by Indigenous people over time. If we understand more fully how colonization works, and how it grew, we can more effectively stand against it now. Mercedes will be starting a PhD at UBC in the Fall.

Accessibility Notes

There are gender inclusive washrooms on the floors above and below the McInnes Room, which are accessible via elevator.

If you have any specific needs, please email president@dsu.ca to make arrangements and inquire about the event.