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Dr. Chris Trott

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The average Canadian doesn't know much about what happens in our far north. Chris Trott helps to bridge this gap through focusing his work on northern and Inuit issues.  

In a recent paper, Trott shares how polar bears are integral to Inuit understandings of gender: they symbolizes a third gender that is neither male nor female, but also both male and female. 

Bail and the revolving Door: Oct 27

Next Monday at noon Abby Deshman, Director of Public Safety at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, will be at Robson Hall to speak about the CCLA's recent research report, "Set Up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door or Pre-trial Detention"

Date: Monday, Oct 27th
Time: Noon 
Location: Room 206, Robson Hall, University of Manitoba (Fort Garry) 

The research was conducted in conjunction with Dr. Nicole Myers (SFU Criminology) and involved students across Canada doing court observation of bail court. Two Manitoba students participated in the research last summer. Abby will be here to talk about the report and its findings, which are of particular significance in Manitoba, given that this province leads the country in the rate of remand to sentenced prisoners (over 70%).

Here is a copy of the report: 

UM prof & Ralston Saul: Nov. 4

An Evening with John Ralston Saul and special guests in support of his new book

The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence

Date: Tuesday November 4, 2014

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: The Muriel Richardson Auditorium at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tickets are $15.00 and available at McNally Robinson Booksellers in person or by calling 204-475-0483

Join John Ralston Saul as he considers the story of Canada’s past so that we may better understand its present – and imagine a better future.

Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in his impassioned new book, The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence (Penguin Random House), calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples.

Join John Ralston Saul and his special guests: writers, thinkers and community representatives Wab Kinew, Leah Gazan, and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, for an evening of public conversation as they discuss the necessity of rebuilding relationships central to the creation of Canada. Relationships vital to this country’s continued existence.

Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. He is International President of PEN International, the leading global organization of writers dedicated to freedom of expression and literature. He has published fourteen works, which have been translated into twenty-five languages in thirty-six countries, the most recent of which are A Fair Country, Dark Diversions and now The Comeback.

Leah Gazan is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Treaty 4 territory in the Province of Saskatchewan. She is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Leah has been a very active participant in social movements, and is most widely known for her activism in the Indigenous community. Her dedication towards the advancement of community self-sufficiency and self-determination has been the driving force that has guided her career in Winnipeg and with Indigenous nations across Canada. 

Wab Kinew is a one-of-a-kind talent, named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know”. He is the interim Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg and a correspondent with Aljazeera America. In 2014, Wab successfully defended Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda on CBC’s Canada Reads literary competition. In 2012, he hosted the acclaimed documentary series 8th Fire. His hip-hop music and journalism projects have won numerous awards. He has a BA in Economics, is completing a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance and is a member of the Midewin. Wab is also an Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories, and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press. As a member of The Kino-nda-niimi Collective he served as one of the lead editors on The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement.

Dr. Gary Babiuk


From classroom climate to course material, teachers have many opportunities to model social justice to their students. In hopes of creating teachers who take advantage of these opportunities, education professor Dr. Gary Babiuk's research and teaching focus on teaching for social justice and sustainable well-being. 

In one project, Babiuk worked with the department of education at an American university that had a long history of institutional racism. 

Dr. Cathy Rocke


How can we reconcile the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada? Funded by a grant from the Centre for Human Rights Research, Dr. Rocke (social work) is developing an intergroup dialogue curriculum. Intergroup dialogues happen when two small groups of people from different social identities, such as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, meet over time and have conversations facilitated by trained people from each group. As past research shows that intergroup dialogue can decrease conflict and create peace between different groups, it is a promising tool for fostering reconciliation.

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