Speaker: Dr. Marie Battiste is Mi’kmaw, a member of the Potlotek First Nation, and a member of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs in Maine. Marie has just completed three years as a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow and is currently a Special Advisor to the Vice President (Academic), Provost and to the Dean of Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University on Decolonizing the Academy. After graduating from Harvard and Stanford Universities, she has been passionately working on research and scholarly work about decolonizing education, cognitive justice through balancing diverse knowledge systems and languages, and protecting Indigenous knowledges. She has published widely, over 80 chapters in books, journals and reports, and 6 books in those areas.
Abstract: This presentation will focus on the mandates, challenges and tensions of Indigenization and reconciliation arising from what counts as knowledge, how Indigenous knowledges differ from Eurocentric disciplinary knowledges, and how Indigenous faculty, staff and students must navigate diverse knowledges and systems in universities often to their detriment. Dr. Battiste will explain the diverse ways Indigenization is practiced across Canada in universities and offer promising practices for reconciliation and decolonial Indigenization.