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Gardiner Museum

111 Queens Park

Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

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This talk will explore Indigenous conceptualizations of land, place, and decolonization. It will begin by focusing on settler colonial notions of linear time, modernity, and progress, and how these constructs are mobilized through the Indian Act and Canadian national narratives to deligitimze Indigenous knowledge, history, and presence. It will then move into a discussion of decolonial aesthetics, or how Indigenous artistic practices open up new pathways for sharing land. It will look at decolonial practices, and the embodied knowledge of Indigenous peoples, and the ways that centering Indigenous knowledge can rupture colonial geographies. By looking further into issues of epistemic injustice, or the politics of what is considered valid knowing, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can move towards anti-colonial consciousness together.

The talk will be followed by a Sonic Meditations: Public Rehearsal.

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Christine Migwans is an Anishinaabe defender of Indigenous rights. She holds two degrees in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. She has worked extensively with Indigenous peoples across Canada, south east Asia, and at the level of the United Nations. Her research interests include truth and reconciliation in global contexts, and repairing the moral fabrics of divided societies. She works to develop reconciliation pedagogies, and centers Indigenous knowledge to decolonize socio-political relationships, and relationships to the land. Christine co-wrote the play Hazards of Occupation with Marika Warner, which focused on shared labour, life, and land between Black and Indigenous women. It was directed by D’bi Young and was performed at Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. She also sits on the steering committee of Naadmaagit Kii Group, an Indigenous led group which connects urban Indigenous youth with Elders, their peers and adult mentors while engaging them in land-based and cultural learning in Toronto.

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