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Queen's University

Student Affairs Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

15th Annual Symposium in Indigenous Research:
8-9 November 2013

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"Honouring the Kahswentha: Reclamation, Renewal, Reconciliation"

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202 Queen's University

The symposium is conducted in a fashion expressing respect for traditional Aboriginal protocol. Aboriginal community members and Elders will be in attendance as participants and stakeholders, and presentations will be in the form of a talking circle. The sessions are moderated with the use of a talking stick and given guidance by Aboriginal Elders.


Friday November 8th

 4:00: Opening

 4:30-5:30: Keynote Speaker—Paulo Wangoola

  5:30-6:30: Dinner

 6:30-7:45: Kairos blanket exercise, facilitated by Adam Hopkins

 Closing: 7:45pm

 Saturday November 9th

9am: Breakfast

9:30-10:45: The Kahswentha: Contexts and Challenges

Rick Hill, “Rethinking the Space between the Two Rows”

Bryan Bowers, “Using Art and Artifacts to Foster Cross-Cultural Understanding of the Two Row Wampum Belt”

Robert Lovelace, “Challenging the Two Row Wampum – Time to Move on – Time to Re-Indigenize”

 10:45-11: Break

 11-12:15: Indigenous Knowledges and Ways of Knowing

Jennifer Seidel, “Integrating Aboriginal Education into Primary and Secondary Schools”

Jack Hoggarth, Jo-Anne Lawless, and Rachael Marshall, “Building a Living Balance: Employing Traditional and Technical Ways of Knowing as a Means to Promote Sustainable Water Systems in Indigenous Communities”

Tessa Jourdain, “Learning from Local Knowledge: The Value of Using the Two-Eyed Seeing Approach in Indigenous Communities”

12:15-1:30: Lunch; Keynote Speaker—Tom Porter

1:30-2:45: Justice and Coexistence

  Mike Kocsis, “The End of Aboriginal Justice in Canada”

Jill Scott and Alana Fletcher, “Kaswentha: Nation-specific Indigenous Peacebuilding and the Reconciliation Process”

Randal Tetlichi, “Living in Harmony”

 2:45-3:00: Break

 3:00-4:15: Decolonization and Revitalization

Nicole Lebrasseur, “Indigenous and Canadian Political Decolonization Strategy”

Callie Hill, “Kanyen:ke’ha: Awakening Community Consciousness”

Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, “All My Relations: Reaching for Wholistic Change/Holding up Whole-ness, Maintaining Balance”


Our keynote speakers:
Paulo Wangoolais one of the leading Uganada-based players in the ongoing Afrikan Renaissance.He is the founder and Nabyama (president)of Mpambo Afrikan Multiversity. The MAM was founded to support the revitalization and regeneration of Mother Tongue scholarship working with Clan Elders, Spiritual Leaders and Community wise women and men as scholars and leaders in a unique place of learning

Sakokwenionkwas Tom Porter a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, is the founder, director and spiritual leader of the traditional Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohare:ke. A champion for the revitalization of Native languages and traditions, this respected elder has devoted his life to educate others about the true history, culture and spirituality of the Haudenosaune

Poster of the symposium

Contact for more information

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000