Whether it’s watching Last Week Tonight or posting memes on Twitter, plenty of Canadians seem deeply interested in the spectator sport that is American politics. Why do we
Whether it’s watching Last Week Tonight or posting memes on Twitter, plenty of Canadians seem deeply interested in the spectator sport that is American politics. Why do we know so much about the US political system and yet so little about our own? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion about civic literacy, deconstructing Canadian governing structures, and that all-too-pervasive Canadian smugness toward the US.
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David Moscrop is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. He is also a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, host of the podcast Open to Debate, and a political commentator for print, radio, and television. He lives in Ottawa. His book Too Dumb for Democracy: Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2019.
El Jones is a poet, journalist, educator, prison abolitionist and activist living in African Nova Scotia. She is the co-founder of Black Power Hour, a radio collective with prisoners on CKDU 88.1FM. Her work explores state violence in Canada at sites of prisons, policing, and deportation. She is the author with Randolph Riley of “Many a Thousand Gone”, which appears in Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada from University of Regina Press.
Erica Ifill is an activist and economist-turned-entrepreneur who founded 2 businesses determined to address our most pressing political, technological and societal issues from an equity perspective: the Bad + Bitchy podcast, which focuses on politics and society, and Not In My Colour, focusing on technology and digital media.
Erica is also columnist for The Hill Times, where she writes about federal politics, and whose additional bylines include: Macleans, Policy Options and the Globe and Mail.
Jean Teillet is an Indigenous writer, treaty negotiator and lawyer. Her recent popular history, “The North-West is Our Mother” was listed on the Globe&Mail’s top 100 books of 2019 and won the Carol Shield non-fiction Book Award. She speaks on access to justice, history, Indigenous rights and reproductive rights. She is the great grand-neice of Louis Riel.
Suzanne Methot is the author of the non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing, co-author of the Grade 11 textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations, and a contributor to Scholastic’s Take Action series of elementary classroom resource books. She is currently working on three books for children and young readers, and a novel set in northern Alberta. Suzanne is an educator and social historian who speaks on pedagogy, Indigenous worldviews and literatures, Indigenous approaches to health and wellness, trauma- and healing-informed practice, and decolonization. She also designs programs and facilitates change-making sessions for the education, health care, environmental, and museum sectors. Born in Vancouver and raised in Sagitawa (Peace River, Alberta), Suzanne
is Asiniwachi Nehiyaw (Rocky Mountain Cree) of mixed Indigenous and European heritage.
She lived in Tkaronto (Toronto) for 29 years, and now makes her home on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw Nation, near Nanaimo, BC.
Legacy: Trauma, Storytelling, and Indigenous Healing
Five hundred years of colonization have taken an incalculable toll on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas: substance use disorders and shockingly high rates of depression, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions brought on by genocide and colonial control. With passionate logic and chillingly clear prose, author and educator Suzanne Methot uses history, human development, and her own and others’ stories to trace the roots of Indigenous cultural dislocation and community breakdown in an original and provocative examination of the long-term effects of colonization. But all is not lost. Methot also shows how we can come back from this with Indigenous ways of knowing lighting the way.
The Northwest Is Our Mother
There is a missing chapter in the narrative of Canada’s Indigenous peoples—the story of the Métis Nation, a new Indigenous people descended from both First Nations and Europeans.
After being defeated at the Battle of Batoche in 1885, the Métis lived in hiding for twenty years. But early in the twentieth century, they determined to hide no more and began a long, successful fight back into the Canadian consciousness. The Métis people are now recognized in Canada as a distinct Indigenous nation. Written by the great-grandniece of Louis Riel, this popular and engaging history of “forgotten people” tells the story up to the present era of national reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Too Dumb for Democracy
In this timely book, David Moscrop asks why we make irrational political decisions and whether our stone-age brains can process democracy in the information age. In an era overshadowed by income inequality, environmental catastrophes, terrorism at home and abroad, and the decline of democracy, Moscrop argues that the political decision-making process has never been more important. In fact, our survival may depend on it.
Until We Are Free
The killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 by a white assailant inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, which quickly spread outside the borders of the United States. The movement’s message found fertile ground in Canada, where Black activists speak of generations of injustice and continue the work of the Black liberators who have come before them. Until We Are Free contains some of the very best writing on the hottest issues facing the Black community in Canada. It describes the latest developments in Canadian Black activism, organizing efforts through the use of social media, Black-Indigenous alliances, and more.
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm