Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th, 2019 Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

Rising Up is an academic gathering giving graduate students the spotlight to present their work while connecting with other researchers. The conference is interdisciplinary, and attracts students and researchers who are working on a wide range of topics in the Indigenous/Native Studies field.

This is a free event, open to all.

Friday evening event: Moccasin Stories

Moccasin Stories is a 20 minute documentary about the stories we carry and pass on to future generations. This insightful documentary uncovers the teachings behind moccasin making and the importance of passing on cultural traditions and creations. The audience will follow the journey of Aubrie, a young mother working to learn her ancestral traditions, so that she can pass on her culture to her children. This Manitoban film follows several Indigenous artists from various communities who each the craft of moccasin making; all of whom have an incredible impact on their communities. As Aubrie makes her first pair of moccasins, the themes of resilience, connection, and identity weave all these stories together.

Filmmaker and academic Charlene Moore a member of York Factory First Nation grew up in downtown Winnipeg. She is passionate about storytelling and highlighting Canadian issues that affect Indigenous Peoples. She has completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Indigenous Studies and Film at the University of Winnipeg, and is a graduate of the New Voices program of the National Screen Institute.

As a Cree, Saulteaux, and Welsh woman, Charlene creates films that focus on identity, connection, and relationships. She pushes her films to challenge stereotypes, xenophobia, oppression and objectification. Her goal is to explore different angles of the typical stories society is told. Her wish is to encourage viewers to think critically about how images and ideas are presented to them. Charlene advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ to tell their own stories in their own way due to her belief that storytelling is a powerful way to heal, learn, and explore not only for the filmmaker, but also for the audience.

Currently, Charlene is working on her Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance at the University of Winnipeg and is a participant of the IndigiDocs program through the National Screen Institute. As she writes her thesis on modern Indigenous matrilineal governance she is also in working in post-production on a documentary about youth who are forced to live with strangers in new cities in order to complete their secondary schooling. When the Children Left will be completed later this year.

Keynote Speaker: Maria Campbell

Maria Campbell is a writer, playwright, filmmaker and activist. She has worked as a volunteer with women and children in crisis for over 40 years and until ten years ago she had a volunteer Safe House for children and youth. She is the National Advisor for Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS)

She has published six books, her first book, Halfbreed was published in 1973 and is being re-released again this November. A new book, Keetsahnak, Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, co-edited with Kim Anderson and Christi Belcourt, was published last spring and is available in all bookstores. Maria is currently working on a new book on the history of violence based on the research she did during her three year Trudeau Fellowship with the University of Ottawa. She is also finishing a new play titled The Inquiry.

Maria is the Elder in Residence at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research, Athabasca University and the Cultural Advisor for the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan and for The Gwenna Moss Teaching Centre, University of Saskatchewan. She has received numerous awards and honors among them a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, A Trudeau Fellowship, a Stanley Knowles Scholarship; she is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry

Canad Inns has a special rate, $114 plus taxes, for attendees of the conference; you must phone (toll free 1-888-332-2623) and quote group number 287104 for the Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry. Do not use the online order form; the special rate is not available online.

The special rate will be available until February 14th, 2019.

The hotel has an indoor pool with hot tub, waterslide and kiddie's pool, Aaltos Restaurant (restaurant offers a varied menu and buffet service), Playmaker's Gaming Lounge, Celebrations Dinner Theatre and Tavern United Sports Pub.

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