Canadian History and Environment Summer School 2017: Gender and Indigenous Landscapes

Crawford Lake. Source: Perry Quan, Flickr

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Host Institution:
York University, Toronto, Ontario

Jennifer Bonnell, York University
Colin Coates, York University
Sean Kheraj, York University
Carolyn Podruchny, York University
Stacy Nation-Knapper, McMaster University
Deborah McGregor, York University

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Schedule | Suggested Readings | Sponsors


Map of principal locations

Day One: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm: Welcome CHESS 2017 Participants and Reception
Location: Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto

  • Reception with snacks and cash bar
  • Welcome to CHESS 2017 participants

7:30pm-9pm: Keynote Address
Location: Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Aurther Avenue, Toronto

  • Speaker: Bonnie Devine, OCAD University
    “Claims, Names, and Allegories”

9pm: Depart for Pond Road Residence at York University via TTC

Day Two: Thursday, June 1, 2017

7:30am-9am: Breakfast
Location: York University, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, room 0011

  • Tea, coffee, juice, muffins, and other breakfast snacks

9am: Board bus in front of Pond Road Residences at York University for Crawford Lake

10am-1pm: Crawford Lake Visit
Location: Crawford Lake Conservation Area

  • Visit to Crawford Lake Conservation Area
    • Guided tour of reconstructed Iroquoian village
    • Hiking and exploration of Crawford Lake area
    • Lunch and book launch featuring Tom Peace and Kathryn Labelle, and contributors to From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migration, and Resilience, 1650-1900 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)

1pm: Board bus for Woodland Cultural Centre Museum and Art Gallery

2pm-8:30pm: Six Nations of the Grand River Visit

  • Guided tour of Woodland Cultural Centre Museum and Art Gallery
  • Guided tour of residential school (Mush Hole)
  • Nature walk, “Indigenous Plants and Indigenous Peoples”
  • Dinner at Woodland Cultural Centre
  • Evening workshop: corn cob keychains

8:30pm: Board bus to Arlington Hotel

Day Three: Friday, June 2, 2017

7:30am-9am: Breakfast at Hotel

9am: Board bus at Arlington Hotel for Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Community Centre

9:40am-2pm: Visit to Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

  • Welcome talk: Margaret Sault, Band Councillor and historian
  • Tour of reserve and talk with Carolyn King, former chief and historian
  • Presentations on Women and Power in Anishnaabe Communities:
    • Deborah McGregor (Law and Environmental Studies, York University), “Acknowledging the Land and Waters of the Great Lakes”
    • Brittany Luby (History, University of Guelph), “Heath and Disease Along the Winnipeg River: What I learned from the Women of Dalles 38C Indian Reserve”
  • Lunch at Mississauguas of the New Credit Community Centre

2pm: Board bus for Toronto (with stops at Iroqrafts Gift Shop, Pearson International Airport) and final stop at TTC Subway (Kipling Station)

Suggested Readings and More

Thorpe, Jocelyn. “Indian Residential Schools: An Environmental and Gender History” The Otter~La loutre, 27 April 2016,

Leddy, Lianne C. “Intersections of Indigenous and Environmental History in Canada” Canadian Historical Review 98, no. 1 (March 2017): 83-95.

Christi Belcourt, “Canada, I can cite for you 150”

Christi Belcourt, “The Revolution Has Begun”

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. (2014). Social Justice, Transformation and Indigenous Methodologies. In R. Rinehart, K. N. Barbour, & C. C. Pope (Eds.), Ethnographic Worldviews Transformations and Social Justice (pp. 15-20). Springer.

Robertson, Kimberly. “The ‘law and order’ of Violence against Native Women: A Native Feminist Analysis of the Tribal Law and Order Act,” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society vol. 5, no. 1 (2016): 1-23.

Goeman, M. R. & Denetdale, J. N. “Native Feminisms: Legacies, Interventions, and Indigenous Sovereignties.” Wicazo Sa Review, vol. 24 no. 2, 2009, pp. 9-13. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/wic.0.0035

Wilson, Shawn. “What is indigenous research methodology?” Canadian Journal of Native Education vol. 25, no. 2 (2001): 175-79.

Luby, Brittany. “From Milk-Medicine to Public (Re)Education Programs: An Examination of Anishinabek Mothers’ Responses to Hydroelectric Flooding in the Treaty #3 District, 1900-1975,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 32, no. 2 (2015): 363-89.

Labelle, Kathryn. “‘they are the life of the nation’: Women and War in Nadouek Society,” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies Volume 28, No. 1 (2008): 119-138.

Dawn Martin-Hill & Danielle Soucy. Ganoso’se’n e yo’gwilode’/One Who is Full of Our Traditional Knowledge: Ethical Guidelines for Aboriginal Research Elders and Healers Roundtable. A Report to the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics. 2004.

McGregor, Deborah. “Traditional ecological knowledge: An Anishnabe woman’s perspective.” Atlantis 29: 2 (2005), 103-109.

McGregor, Deborah. “Coming full circle: Indigenous knowledge, environment, and our future.” American Indian Quarterly 28: 3/4 (2004) 385-410.

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