Canada Seminar


Monday, November 14, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Room K262 (Bowie Vernon Room), 2nd Floor, WCFIA, Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge


Land, History and Indigenous Presence: Learning Through Art and Story
Susan Dion, York University

Susan Dion is a Potawatomi-Lenape scholar with mixed Irish and Québécois

ancestry. She has been working in the field of Indigenous education for more than thirty years. Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, she is currently serving as the inaugural Associate Vice President of Indigenous Initiatives. Her research focuses on Indigenizing, Decolonizing and Realizing Indigenous Education, Urban Indigenous Education and Settler – Indigenous Relationships. Dion is widely consulted by diverse community groups, workplaces, and institutions on developing methods for building more equitable, respectful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people.

Drawing on her knowledge and understanding of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada in this talk Dr. Susan Dion identifies and examines a shift in Canadians desire to learn from Indigenous peoples’ experiences and perspectives. Inspired by the oft-quoted words of Metis leader Louis Reil “My people will sleep for 100 years and when they do it is the artist who will awaken their spirits” Dion utilizes the work of contemporary Indigenous artists sharing images that inspire engagement, provoke questions, and initiate learning.


Lunch will be provided
Please register by Friday, November 11
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See also: Canada Seminar