Centering Indigenous knowledges in politics and governance – UM Today

Centering Indigenous knowledges in politics and governance – UM Today

by ahnationtalk on August 13, 2020110 Views

Meet Indigenous Scholar Dr. Réal Carrière

August 13, 2020 —

Dr. Réal Carrière grew up on a traditional hunting and gathering territory called Mistapikmawak. Near Cumberland House on the Saskatchewan River in Treaty 5, the community is predominantly Nehinuwak (Swampy Cree) and Métis, and Carrière holds relations to both nations on his father’s side, and has German and English roots on his mother’s side. It was on these territories that he began his education in homeschooling, which centred the knowledges of the Nehinuwak and Métis people.

When it came time to enroll in university, Carrière said he did not have a clear idea of what he wanted to pursue.

“My mother asked me what I wanted to do and I told her I wanted to be an ‘Imagineer,’ or someone who imagined things,” he told UM Today. As a starting point, Carrière enrolled in an undergraduate general arts program at Simon Fraser University. By doing so, he was able to take a wide selection of courses, including a political science class. “The course was taught by an amazing professor whose teaching style ultimately influenced me to pursue a career in the field,” he recalled. “[The professor] made me want to be an innovative teacher.”

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