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Keynote Speakers

Maamwizing Indigenous Conference

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Dr. Celeste Pedri-Spade

Bio: Celeste Pedri-Spade is an Ojibwe scholar from the Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is currently the inaugural Associate Provost of Indigenous Initiatives at McGill University where she is a tenured professor in the department of anthropology. Prior to McGill, she was an Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies in the School of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University, where she held the title of Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Studies. Previous to this appointment, she was an Associate Professor in the School of Northern and Community Studies and the School of Indigenous Relations at Laurentian University where she also served as the inaugural director of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute, the first Indigenous Research Institute in northern Ontario. Pedri-Spade completed her PhD in visual anthropology at the University of Victoria and her MA in Culture and Communication at Royal Roads University. Her research interests include; settler colonialism and Indigeneity; Indigenous visual/material culture; and Anishinaabe women's histories.

Presentation Title: Dress to Redress: Recentring Anishinabe Story and Land through Fashion

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Dr. Deborah McGregor

Bio: Deborah McGregor, Anishinaabe, Whitefish River First Nation. Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair: Indigenous Environmental Justice. Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University. Professor McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and in diverse contexts including planetary health, environmental and water governance, environmental and climate justice, health and environment, and Indigenous legal traditions.

Presentation Title: Planetary Well Being and Reconciliation with the Earth

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Dr. Noelani Arista

Noelani Arista (Kanaka Maoli) is Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at McGill University and Associate Professor in History and Classical Studies. Her research focuses on Hawaiian governance and law, Indigenous language archives, and traditional knowledge organization systems. Her work as a historian engages textual archives in the Hawaiian language creating digital access to primary sources as the basis for better history. To this end she has developed digital humanities projects focused on kanikau (Hawaiian laments), and a public project dedicated to understanding "aloha" through mele (song) and oli (chants) which began as a popular facebook group called 365 Days of aloha. 

Presentation Title: I ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope: Repatriating the Past to Envision the Future

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Joe Pitawanakwat

Bio: Joe is Ojibway from Wiikwemkoong, married with one daughter. He is the Founder & Director of Creators Garden, an Indigenous outdoor, and online, education based business, focused on plant identification, beyond-sustainable harvesting, and teaching every one of their linguistic, historical, cultural, edible, ecological and medicinal significance through experiences. His lectures and intensive programming is easily adaptable to make appropriate and successfully delivered to a variety of organizations, including over 100 first nations communities, 20 Universities and 12 colleges and dozens of various institutions throughout Canada and the United States and beyond. He has learned from hundreds of traditional knowledge holders and uniquely blends and reinforces it with and array of western sciences.
Presentation Title: Awaadiziwin (knowledge) & Bimaadiziwin (life).


Carole Perreault

Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs, Laurentian University