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Resisting Gendered and State Violence

Resisting Gendered and State Violence:  Indigenous Women’s Activism.  Program

IGSF Symposium, 24-25 September 2015

Thomson House, 3650 McTavish, Ballroom

Image by Graphic image Angela Sterritt. Poster design Yvan Tetrault..



McGill University

Free and open to the public upon registration

Presented by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, McGill University, and the Canadian Women’s Foundation. 

We gratefully acknowledge the gift of Dr Cynthia Shewan in memory of her late mother which made this symposium possible. 

Please register your attendance online .  For more information:  iain.blair [at] mcgill.ca



Thursday September 24, 2015

1:00 – 1:30:   Opening and Elder blessing

1:30 – 3:00:  Keynote Address

Audra Simpson, Columbia University“We are Not Red Indians” (We Might All Be Red Indians): The Gender of Anticolonial Sovereignty Across the Borders of Time, Place and Sentiment

3:00-3:30:  Coffee Break


3:30 – 5:00:  Panel 1:  Resisting Gendered Violence and Indigenous Sovereignty

Moderator – Haidee Smith Lefebvre, Doctoral Candidate, Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

Krysta Williams, Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Iehente Foote, National Indigenous Youth Council on HIV and AIDS

Megan Kanerahtenháwi Whyte, Kahnawake Youth Forum ; National Indigenous Young Women's Council ; Skátne Ionkwatehiahróntie' - “Our Families Grow Together”

Amanda Lickers, Reclaim Turtle Island  

Molly Swain, Indigenous Women’s Two Spirit and Harm Reduction Coalition

5:00-6:00:   Reception

Friday September 25, 2015

10:00-10:30:  Coffee and breakfast

10:30-12:00:   Workshop: Indigeneity: A Brief Introduction


Allan Vicaire, Indigenous Education Adviser, McGill

Paige Isaac, Coordinator, First Peoples’ House, McGill

12:00-1:00:    Lunch provided (Thomson House)

1:00-2:00:   Panel 2: Living Histories, Activist Futures

Moderator:  Chelsea Vowel

Bridget Tolley, Families of Sister in Spirit

Dawn Harvard, President, Native Women’s Association of Canada

Tanya Lalonde, Family Resource Coordinator, McGill University


2:00-2:15:  Coffee Break

2:15-3:15:   Panel 3: Mobilizing Communities

Moderator:  Audra Simpson

Sheila Swasson, National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence

Melissa Dupuis, Idle No More Quebec

Widia Larivière, Idle No More Quebec ; Quebec Native Women

3:15-3:30:  Coffee Break

3:30-5:00:   Closing Keynote

Ellen Gabriel:  “Decolonization and Uplifting Indigenous Women and Their Roles in Contemporary Society"


Questions welcomed in English and French.


With thanks to our supporters:

Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University

Dean of Arts Development Fund

Department of Anthropology, McGill University

Department of Political Science, McGill University

Department of Sociology, McGill University

Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University

McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Social Equity and Diversity Education Office, McGill University


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