Trent University to Host North at Trent 2013 Lecture Series

by Trent University | Jan 18, 2013:

Trent University is pleased to once again host the North at Trent 2013 lecture series, featuring three free public lectures from Trent and visiting professors about Indigenous, health and security topics in Canada’s north.

“I am very pleased that Trent University and Peterborough community members will once again have the opportunity to attend The North 2013 Lecture Series to hear about the important research being done by Canadian scholars on Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous health and Arctic Canadian sovereignty,” said Dr. Julia Harrison, director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University.

Dr. Allice Legat, Roberta Bondar fellow in Northern and Polar Studies at Trent University, will begin the series on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, with a talk about her new book, Walking the Land, Feeding the Fire: Knowledge and Stewardship among the Tlicho Dene, which documents the story of her twenty years working with Tlicho Dene elders in the Northwest Territories. Professor Legat will explain how she came to know and understand the elders’ stories about what it means to be a Tlicho Dene and how that knowledge is intimately connected to the Tlicho Dene land.

Dr. Michael Robidoux, associate professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, will continue the series on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by presenting the result of three years of collaborative research with three remote First Nations in northern Canada working to enhance local food procurement and improve food access and quality. Professor Robidoux will speak about the resurgence of traditional food procurement, primarily hunting and fishing, and critical economic, social and environmental factors limiting northern First Nations from acquiring sufficient amounts of wild food for regular consumption.

Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer, associate professor of History at St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo), will conclude the series on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by discussing the history of sovereignty and security politics and practises in the Canadian Arctic. He will critically assess the interplay between traditional, state-based concerns and environmental, health and societal impacts and priorities since the second world war.

All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bagnani Hall, Traill College, 310 London Street. A reception will follow each lecture. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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