Sustainability Seminar in partnership with Indigenous Studies: Ruth Koleszar-Green talk “It’s all about Relationships”
Ruth Koleszar-Green is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at York University. Koleszar-Green uses she/her pronouns. She is the co-chair of the Indigenous Council at York University and the special advisor to the president on Indigenous initiatives. She is an activist turned accidental academic.
Koleszar-Green identifies as an urban Indigenous person, and is a citizen of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. She is from the Mohawk Nation and is a member of the Turtle Clan. She was born a Canadian but was one-half disenfranchised when she was 10 years old. By the time she was 34.5 years old she was completely disenfranchised. She acknowledges the privileges she gets in a world of identity politics to be governed by legislation that is 100 years older than she is. She also acknowledges her paternal Celtic heritage.
Koleszar-Green likes to think about Indigenous education and social issues that impact Indigenous communities. She has a PhD from OISE in adult education and community development, an MSW and a BSW from Ryerson.