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York Circle | Indigenous experiences of parenthood in the contemporary world

Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Academic Chair of The York Circle, this virtual lecture series will showcase York’s leading faculty members engaging in lively panel discussions and Q&A sessions on key themes related to this year’s topic: “Oh Canada! The True North Strong and Free? A historical journey through Canada’s transgressions of individual and community rights.”

Registration is required. This event is being offered as a live stream on Zoom and in person in W136 at the Seymour Schulich Building (Schulich School of Business) on York University’s Keele Campus. You can find parking directions here.

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Intergenerational Trauma and pathways to Intergenerational Resilience   

Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice

Systemic legacies of the Komagata Maru and its encounter with White Canada. In 1914, the Komagata Maru, a ship carrying 376 would be immigrants from British India was turned away from Vancouver. The courts ruled that Canada could turn away fellow British subjects based on race. The presentation will connect this historic event with the indefinite incarceration of refugees and migrants that continues to this day.

Raising children to live a good life and build a caring world by Angele Alook 

Angele Alook, Assistant Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies  

Love is revolutionary, bell hooks and Cornel West remind us of this edict, this is especially important to keep in mind when you are raising Black-Indigenous children in so-called Canada where our nation is built on white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism and anti-Black racism. How can we raise children in a good way (miyo-ohpikinâwasowin) to achieve living a good life (miyo-pimatisiwin)? How can we raise good people to resist a nation-state that is against their very existence? How does one parent caring children to be good allies? Are our children the key to Indigenous sovereignty and good stewardship of the land? How can we raise children for a resurgence of Indigenous economies of care? How important are love, caring and joy in creating good lives for our children?

Colonialism and Indigenous Family Disruption 

Nicole Muir, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health, Psychology 

Colonialism has, and continues to disrupt Indigenous families in a myriad of ways and this in turn, negatively affects Indigenous parenting. I will present on the many ways that colonialism breaks up families and will also discuss how my own research fits into the realm of family disruption. I am a Métis researcher who studies Indigenous parenting, Indigenous youth justice involvement, foster care and adverse childhood experiences.


Jun 04 2022


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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W136 Seymour Schulich Building (Schulich School of Business)
W136 Seymour Schulich Bldg, 111 Ian MacDonald Blvd, North York, ON M3J 1P3


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