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Indigenous World Building & Solidarities | Yukon Speaker Series

This winter Dechinta will be hosting three in-person speaker events in Whitehorse! All events will take place at Elks Hall (401 Hawkins St., Whitehorse, YT) from 7:00-8:30pm. Limited seating available and proof of vaccination and masks are required! If you have any questions, please email Lianne Charlie at lianne@dechinta.ca

Embodied Sounds: A Journey Through Creation

Featuring

 Jeneen Frei Njootli

Sadly, we have had to cancel this event because of the state of emergency that was declared in Whitehorse.

Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai'i and the North

Featuring Hōkūlani Aikau, Kyla LeSage & Lianne Charlie

Wednesday December 8th

7:00-8:30pm at Elks Hall

Decolonial Worlds: Indigenous & Pan-Racial Solidarities

Featuring Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Chris Tse

Monday November 22nd

7:00-8:30pm at Elks Hall

Register for the Events!

**This Event has Been Cancelled Because of COVID-19**
Embodied Sounds: A Journey Through Creation

with Jeneen Frei Njootli

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Jeneen Frei Njootli is a 2 Spirit Vuntut Gwitchin artist with Czech, Dutch and Jewish ancestry. They moved back to their homelands last winter and are working remotely for UBC and occasionally for the education department in Old Crow while working on art, nesting, writing, rough carpentry, and compositions. The New Museum in New York is currently exhibiting Jeneen’s work as part of the Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone. Throughout their talk, Jeneen will be unfolding a live sound work using a contact microphone, distortion pedals and a guitar amp.

Monday November 22nd
Decolonial Worlds: Indigenous & Pan-Racial Solidarities

with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Chris Tse

"Christopher Tse is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and writer living in Whitehorse. He has shared the stage with Shane Koyczan, Martin Luther King III, and Mustafa the Poet, and once came in second at the Poetry Slam World Cup. His work focuses on the intersections of identity and power through storytelling and art, particularly in the role of art in historical and current resistance movements. He is especially interested in exploring the complex convergence of migration, decolonization, and land politics through the (re)building of pan-racial solidarities centreing Indigenous knowledges. He has one dog and one sourdough starter." 

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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity. Working for two decades as an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and the United States and has twenty years experience with Indigenous land based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and teaches at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh. Leanne is the author of seven previous books, including her new novel Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies (US release from UMP February 2021), which was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail, and was short listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction. 

Wednesday December 8th 
Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai'i and the North

with Hōkūlani Aikau, Kyla LeSage & Lianne Charlie

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Hōkūlani K. Aikau (Kanaka ‘Ōiwi) is a professor at the University of Victoria in the Indigenous Governance Program. She is the author of A Chosen People, A Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawaiʻi (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). With Vernadette V. Gonzalez, she coedited Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi (2019) and edits the Detours Series with Duke University Press. 

Lianne Marie Leda Charlie is Wolf Clan and Tagé Cho Hudän (Northern Tutchone speaking people of the Yukon). She is a PhD Candidate in the Indigenous Politics Program in the Political Science Department at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (UHM) and a faculty member with Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. She lives in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Kyla Sedaya LeSage is a member of the Vuntut Gwitchin from Old Crow, YT and Anishinaabeg from Garden River, ON but was raised in Sǫ̀mba K’è/Yellowknife, NT on Chief Drygeese Territory. She is the Land-Based Academic and Regional Outreach Coordinator at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning located in Sǫ̀mba K’è/Yellowknife. Kyla has a degree in Political Science and First Nations Indigenous Studies from the University of British Columbia