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Dory Nason & Elle Maija Tailfeathers - Indigenous Feminism and Decolonization (Strategizing Decolonization Seminar Series)

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Purple Thistle Centre #260 - 975 Vernon Dr Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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**Priority for this event will be given to youth - and in particular - indigenous youth.

** Please see the Purple Thistle Institute website for accessibility info and more information on other seminars in this series.

Indigenous Feminism and Decolonization

In this seminar, we will examine Indigenous feminism through contemporary film and political activism that takes up the subject of violence against Indigenous women. Readings will offer examples of Indigenous feminist discourse in the context of social movements (both the Red Power movement and today's #Idlenomore).


SHORT ESSAY: "Fishbroth & Fasting" - Leanne Simpson - online here

FILM: "Bloodland" (Writer/Producer/Director - Elle-Maija Tailfeathers) - online here

FILM: "Finding Dawn" (Writer/Director - Christine Welch) - online here

Facilitator Bios

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is Blackfoot from Kainai, or the Blood Reserve, as well as Sámi from northern Norway. She is an emerging filmmaker, actor, writer, and activist. A graduate of Vancouver Film School’s full-time acting program, she recently completed her bachelor’s degree in First Nations Studies at the UBC. She wrote, directed, and produced an experimental short film titled “Bloodland” - an official selection of numerous international film festivals including ImagiNATIVE in Toronto and VIFF. Her creative and non-fiction work has appeared in publications such as Windspeaker, Š Bláđit (Sámi Youth Magazine, Norway), Richard Van Campæs “Good Medicine Project”, Redwire Magazine, and Briarpatch.

Dory Nason (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She currently holds a joint position with the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of English. Her areas of research include contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women's intellectual history and literature. She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Red Feminist Voices: Native Women's Activist Literature.