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Indigenous Studies Review Session

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
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Intellectual Pursuits - free
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A replay of Tuesday's lectures by Jill Goldberg, followed by an in-house group discussion. The course is generously supported by the Brock House Society Board of Directors to promote ongoing reconciliation efforts. Jill will offer an introduction to Indigenous literature and the history of contact between First Nations and settlers in a Canadian context. (See full description below.)

Limit of 15. Returning participants in this long-running series will be given priority. Convenors: Henriette Orth and Glenys Acland

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Jill Goldberg will offer an introduction to Indigenous literature and the history of contact between First Nations and settlers in a Canadian context. Through a discussion of readings from the anthology Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories From Turtle Island, we will explore topics including storytelling as a means of learning, the meaning of Land and language, as well as the ongoing impacts of residential schooling and other colonial policies and how these persist in the post-TRC era. If possible, we will be joined by 1 – 2 guest speakers.


Participants will receive a course package (as a pdf) prepared by Jill Goldberg.


The anthology can be purchased here: Please note that there is an e-book option at a very reduced price. Local independent booksellers can also order it if it is not already in stock.


Proposed (and possibly overly ambitious) Reading & Topic List


Week 1: “’You’ll Never Believe What Happened’ Is Always a Great Way to Start”

Topics: storytelling, values implicit to stories.

Week 2:
“The Way of the Sword” and (optional) “King of the Tie Snakes”

Topics: the legacy of residential schools, and reserve life.

Week 3:
 “Borders” and (optional) “An Athabasca Story”

Topics: Land, borders, resource extraction.

Week 4:
“Goodbye Snauq”

Topic: History specific to Vancouver

Week 5:
“Land Speaking”

Topic: The importance and state of Indigenous language today.

Week 6:
“The Republic of Tricksterism”

Topic: the Indian Act, women within the Indian Act.

Week 7:

Topic: The seductive ways of the colonizer

Week 8:
“Terminal Avenue”

Topic: Resurgence of storytelling, the healing power of culture


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