In Fall 2017, Glen Coulthard applied for a SSHRC Connections Grant to bring together leading Indigenous thinkers, artists, activists and students to discuss how land informs their practices.
Invited expert presenters offered a range of different geographic and disciplinary areas of expertise but shared a commitment land-based learning initiatives and critical Indigenous pedagogies. The collective engages in Indigenous ways of knowing, governance practices, and significant research programs committed to long-term engagement with Indigenous land-led learning. Dechinta University faculty participants included Glen Coulthard (also with UBC Political Science), Leanne Simpson, Erin Freeland and Lois Edge. Yellowknives Dene First Nation elders and leaders, Berna Martin, Gordie Liske and Paul McKenzie, were also our teachers.
A range of other programs were represented, including:
University of British Columbia - Michelle Daigle (Geography), Madeline Whetung (Geography), Josh Barciello (Geography), Emma Feltes (Anthropology), Mike Fabris (Geography), and Kelsey Wrightson (Geography)University of Calgary - Daniel Voth (Political Science)University of Victoria – Heidi Stark (Political Science)BUSH_gallery - Tania Willard (curator/artist)