2023 Spring DSR Newsletter: Indigenous Focus


Hands-on truth and reconciliation learning and strengthening ties with Indigenous partners. 


Relations on the Land project to strengthen ties with Indigenous partners” – from U of T News, featuring the DSR's Pamela KlassenKevin White and Krista Barclay.

'A rare and deeply impactful experience': Students learn about residential schools and their legacy” – Reid Locklin’s field trip with undergraduates to Sault Ste. Marie as part of his St. Michael’s College seminar course, The Christianity, Truth and Reconciliation Seminar.

A video of Kevin J. White’s “Haudenosaunee Storytelling: Knowledge Systems and History,” a discussion of the challenges and opportunities of gaining access to oral histories in rethinking Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, was posted by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums YouTube channel as part of its “Redefining Narrative” series. 

Also from Kevin WhiteWorkshop: Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace, to deepen understanding of the Great Law and to discuss strategies for integrating it into the political theory curriculum. 

April 25-27, 2023: Mounds and Memory: Indigenous Sovereignty, Ceremonial Spaces, and Stories of the Mound Builders
A conference co-organized by Pamela Klassen, and including DSR assistant professor Krista Barclay.
Mounds and earthworks are monumental human­made landforms which, over the past 5,000 years and more, have served as ceremonial gathering spaces, burial sites, astronomical landmarks, pilgrimage destinations, and centres of Indigenous politics, mobility and commerce. They remain important sites for the activation and expression of Indigenous sovereignty. This workshop convened a conversation about the stewarding and re­storying of mounds and earthworks including scholars, Indigenous knowledge holders, and museum and heritage professionals. 


Professor Klassen's projects include Treaty Conversations ((with DSR assistant professor Krista Barclay) an educational resource for learning about treaty relationships and responsibilities around the Great Lakes) and Story Nations (or Kiinawin Kawindomowin in Anishinaabemowin, a multimedia expression of a collective effort to restory colonial documents and missionary history about Manidoo Ziibi (Rainy River) and the wider Treaty 3 Ojibwe Territory in Northwestern Ontario).

Klassen was William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program, at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in the 2022-23 academic year, where she taught two courses: “Truths & Reconciliations” in the Study of Religion Program and “Re-mediating Colonialism” in the Department of English.

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