Indigenous Academic to offer reflections on Canada
WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg is pleased to welcome an academic with decades of experience assessing Indigenous issues and influencing public policy to campus for the second installment of the Weweni: Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series. Dr. Leroy Little Bear will deliver a talk titled “What I know about Canada: A lifelong Indigenous Academic reflects back on the progress made on Indigenizing this country, and the road to travel,” in Convocation Hall on October 9th, at 12:30 p.m.
“Dr. Leroy Little Bear is a world class indigenous intellectual who has inspired our people for many years,” says Jacqueline Romanow, Associate Professor and Chair, Indigenous Studies. “His concept of ‘jagged worldviews colliding’ reminds us of the work we have to do here at The University of Winnipeg, to incorporate indigenous worldviews, indigenous philosophy and indigenous science alongside the traditional western paradigm. We are truly honoured to have him visit our campus.”
The Weweni Indigenous Speaker Series has been established to present distinguished Indigenous scholars and celebrate the success of UWinnipeg students throughout the 2015–2016 academic year. Events are free and open to members of the public.
About Dr. Leroy Little Bear
Dr. Little Bear established the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge and served as Chair for 25 years. He was the founding Director of Harvard University’s Native American Program. Dr. Little Bear was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education in 2003 and in 2006 received an honourary doctorate from the University of Lethbridge. He continues to further research and scholarship in diverse areas such as relationships between Indigenous science and Western physics, and the exploration of Blackfoot knowledge through songs, stories and landscape.
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