Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research
Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th, 2018
Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba Native Studies Graduate Students Association is hosting the third annual two-day conference for graduate students to present their knowledge and research. The conference is interdisciplinary and international; the Review Committee welcomes a wide range of topics and approaches.

This is a free event, open to all.

Keynote Speaker: Chantal Fiola

Chantal Fiola is Red River Métis with family from St. Laurent and Ste. Geneviève, Manitoba. She is the author of Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Métis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality, which won her the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award (2016). Dr. Fiola is an Assistant Professor in the Urban and Inner-City Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg. She is currently undertaking a SSHRC-funded research study exploring Métis relationships with ceremony in Manitoba Métis communities. Chantal is Two-Spirit, Midewiwin, and a Sundancer.

Keynote Speaker: Adam Gaudry

Adam Gaudry, Ph.D. is Métis and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

Adam’s research explores nineteenth-century Métis political thought, the Métis-Canada “Manitoba Treaty” of 1870, and Canada’s outstanding obligations under the act. This project argues for the maintenance of a respectful and bilateral political relationship between the Métis Nation and the Canadian people as treaty partners. This work is being revised into a book for publication with the University of Manitoba Press.

Adam received his Ph.D. from the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, and both his MA in Sociology and BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University. He was a Henry Roe Cloud Fellow at Yale University and currently a co-investigator in the Métis Treaties Project.

Adam’s work has been published in Native American and Indigenous Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, The Wicazo Sa Review, aboriginal policy studies, the Canadian Journal of Native Education, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and The Canadian Encyclopedia. He also has several chapters in edited collections on Métis identity, research ethics, and methodology.

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The deadline for abstract submissions is December 29th, 2017.

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Fiddling Together: Youth, Community, and Cultural Impacts of The Frontier Fiddling Program in Northern Manitoba

This project investigates the cultural, social and community benefits of culturally appropriate music instruction in public schools, as a means for cultural reclamation of Aboriginal heritage in Northern Manitoba. Research has shown that children benefit greatly from music programs in public education. The Frontier School Division has taken this one step further, by introducing a fiddling program.

The fiddle is an important element of Aboriginal culture and heritage: it brings people together; it is a mechanism that allows creativity and musicianship; fiddlers and their audiences build friendships and solidarity. Fiddling allows communities to come together for a common purpose, and to make connections across generations. Through qualitative research with current and former fiddling teachers, this project explores how the Frontier Fiddling Program is promoting cultural reclamation and revitalizing Aboriginal culture in Northern Manitoba.

Kaitlyn Obedzinski

I am a Metis graduate student in the department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. I am a fiddler, who teaches privately and at camps for the Frontier School Division in Northern Manitoba. My research areas include Indigenous cultural reclamation, the immense power of music, and drinking and gambling motivations and consequences among emerging adults.

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