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Learning from and with Indigenous Community Members Book Club

Join us for another session of the Learning from and with Indigenous Community Members Book Club on Thursday, January 12, from 6-7:30 pm EST!

This book club will be a space where non-Indigenous and Indigenous people can come together to learn through conversations amongst Indigenous guest speakers in relation to Indigenous literature and topics that are meaningful to them and their nations/communities. It is an invitation to get to know Indigenous community members at York University and in neighbouring communities. The intention is to cultivate learning about the diverse histories, ways of knowing, ways of being, lived experiences, identities, and visions for the future of Indigenous Peoples.

Our guest speakers are Marissa Magneson and Lisa Shales who will be in dialogue with one another about the book Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline.

Introducing our guest speakers:

Marissa Magneson is a Cree-Métis artist, educator, and workshop facilitator with mixed ancestry, including settler Norwegian-Canadian on her father’s side and Cree-Métis from the Red River Settlement on her mother’s side. Marissa is currently a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at York University, where she is researching beadwork as pedagogy, a bridge toward cultural reclamation and (re)conciliation. In her collaborative work with various organizations, Marissa works towards photographing, consulting, educating, and creating programming in meaningful ways.

Marissa is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and currently sits as the elected Youth Representative on the Toronto and York Regional Métis Council where she is involved with conversations around self-governance, Métis rights, and cultural-based programs.
Lisa Shales is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Her Grandfather is from Wakaw Saskatchewan, and her ancestors are from the Red River Settlement in Manitoba. She attended Western University and graduated with an Honors Double Major in Finance & Global Commerce. In early 2022, Lisa became involved in the Toronto & York Region Métis Council, after a general election to become a Councilor. Since then, she has moved to the Secretary position, helping assist in organizing day-to-day operations for the council.
Lisa is very passionate about Indigenous Rights and plans on dedicating her time in her life to doing what she can to raise awareness on these issues.
This event is open to any member of the York University community. 
If you would like to join, please click on the following registration link


Jan 12 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Virtual @ Zoom link upon registration


Department of Indigenous Initiatives
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