Indigenous Solidarity: A Conversation Series

kwey, kwey Queen’s!

This is an open invitation to everyone in the Queen's and broader community to join us for a new series of talks associated with Global Development Studies’ Principal’s Dream Course on Indigenous Human Ecology in the winter term of 2020.

The four conversational talks will feature Global Development Studies Instructor Ian Fanning (Algonquin), pictured above, speaking with invited guests on topics that explore Indigenous solidarity in various forms, why we need it at Queen’s and in the wider community, and how we can support Indigenous resistance and resurgence.

All talks are in Mitchell Hall – Event Commons (Room 103) from 10 to 11 am.

Please see the details for each talk below. Registration is required for each talk as space is limited in Mitchell Hall.

Topic: Indigenous Resurgence and Re-indigenization
Host: Kassie Hill
Speakers: Ian Fanning and Robert Lovelace  

Robert Lovelace is a retired Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. He lives in the Algonquin highlands at Eel Lake in the Ardoch Algonquin territory where he continues to offer traditional teaching and ceremony. Robert is a continuing adjunct lecturer at Queen’s University in the Department of Global Development Studies. His work highlights Canadian Indian policy and International reluctance to challenge economic imperialism affecting indigenous peoples around the world.

Topic: Perspectives from an Indigenous Queen's Law Student
Host: Kassie Hill
Speakers: Ian Fanning and Lauren Winkler

Lauren Winkler is a Kanien'keha:ka and settler identified student at Queen's Law. Her roots are in Tyendinaga. She is committed to learning the various laws of the onkwe:honwe (original peoples) as well as the laws that are more commonly practiced by contemporary Canadian society. She is also dedicated to working with administration, staff, and student governing bodies at Queen's to create a space where both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities will feel safe engaging in conversations of (re)conciliation.

Topic: Indigenous People and Inclusion
Host: Kassie Hill
Speakers: Ian Fanning and Janice Hill

Jan is a mother and grandmother, Clan mother of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation at Tyendinaga. She has worked in the field of Indigenous Education for more than 40 years. Jan currently serves as the Secretary of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University; past Co-Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities Reference Group on Aboriginal Education; Co-Chair of the Joint Working Group of the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV) and the Reference Group; and was a member of the provinces Indigenous Languages Symposium Planning committee.  

Topic: Becoming a Settler Ally
Host: Kassie Hill
Speakers: Ian Fanning and Robin Attas

Robin is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and adjunct faculty member in the Dan School of Drama and Music. Her music and educational research interests often intersect, with projects including revitalizing the undergraduate music theory curriculum for the 21st century, decolonization and settler-colonial theory as applied to teaching and learning in higher education, the use of writing assignments to foster disciplinary thinking and practices, and a three-year course redesign project exploring ways to uncover and teach expert processes of musical analysis.


As space is limited in Mitchell Hall, registration is required to attend each of these talks.