RaiseUP and Indigenous Voices in Canada

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online Event

Please join us for an event celebrating University Press Week featuring a quartet of Canada’s scholarly presses and moderated by Michelle Lobkowicz.

Including Kyla Madden (MQUP), Nancy J. Turner, E. Richard Atleo, Jarvis Brownlie (UMP), Brittany Luby, Jodi Lewchuk (UTP), Miigam’agan, Siobhan McMenemy (WLUP), Deanna Reder, and Daniel Heath Justice.

In this event, each press will have two people presenting a book—from the point of view of the press and the author—identifying how university presses provide a platform in Canada for Indigenous voices.

November 10, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 PST

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A Q&A will follow the presentation.

The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) has chosen “RaiseUP” as the theme for this year’s University Press Week, November 9-15, emphasizing the role that university presses play in elevating authors, subjects, and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe.

Participant Details

MQUP: Kyla Madden (Senior Editor) and Nancy J. Turner, editor of Plants, People, and Places: The Roles of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology in Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Canada and Beyond and E. Richard Atleo, Ahousaht First Nation and School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria.

UMP: Jarvis Brownlie (Series editor, Critical Studies in Native History), and Brittany Luby, author of Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory.

UTP: Jodi Lewchuk (Acquisitions Editor) and Miigam’agan, one of the contributing authors for our forthcoming book The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations.

WLUP: Siobhan McMenemy (Senior Editor) and Deanna Reder and Daniel Heath Justice (Series editors, Indigenous Studies Series).


Participant Bios

Kyla Madden is senior editor at McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Nancy J. Turner is distinguished professor emeritus and past Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow, and author of Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America. She is the editor of Plants, People, and Places: The Roles of Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology in Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Canada and Beyond.

Hereditary chief of the Ahousaht First Nation, E. Richard Atleo was the first Aboriginal person in British Columbia to earn a doctoral degree. Committed to First Nations studies and education, he led the creation of the First Nations Studies Department at Malaspina University College (now Vancouver Island University) and served as co-chair of the Scientific Panel for Sustainable Forest Practices in Clayoquot Sound. He began his life in the house of his great grandfather, a whaling chief among the Nuu-chah-nulth people. He is the author of Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview (2004) and Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis (2011), which introduce origin stories and draw on the ontological meaning of Indigenous culture. Dr Atleo is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Victoria and Ryerson University in Toronto and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

Jarvis Brownlie is a professor of history at the University of Manitoba and is the series editor for UMP’s Critical Studies in Native History series. His research focuses on settler colonialism in Canada, Crown-First Nation relations, treaties, and oral history. With Valerie J. Korinek, Brownlie co-edited Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada.

Brittany Luby is an award-winning historian at the University of Guelph. Her writing–both academic and creative–is intended to draw attention to social inequities in what is now known as Canada and to empower readers to envision alternate futures. She is the author of Dammed: Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory.

Jodi Lewchuk is an Acquisitions Editor at University of Toronto Press, working in the areas of Anthropology, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, and Urban Studies.

Miigam’agan is a Mi’kmaq woman of the Fish Clan from Esgenoôpetitj/Burnt Church Reserve on the northeast coast of New Brunswick, Canada. Her life has been devoted to Wabanaki cultural revival and to promoting an understanding of Indigenous matriarchal systems. Currently, Miigam’agan is Elder-in-Residence at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a contributing author to The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations (2021).

Siobhan McMenemy is Senior Editor at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She has worked in scholarly publishing for over twenty years, during which time she has built book lists and edited scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.

Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is an associate professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University. She serves as editor for the Indigenous Studies series at WLU Press and was one of the founding members of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association. She teaches and publishes on Indigenous theory, life writing, pop fiction, and gender and sexuality.

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is Professor of Critical Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture. He is the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (2006) and Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (which received the NAISA Best Subsequent Book Prize in 2018. Justice is also co-editor of a number of award-winning critical and creative anthologies and journals, including Allotment Stories: Indigenous Responses to Settler-Colonial Land Privatization (with Jean M. O’Brien), forthcoming in 2021.

Michelle Lobkowicz is acquisitions editor for Humanities and Literature at University of Alberta Press. A consummate generalist, Michelle lives in Edmonton/Treaty 6 territory with her spouse and two children and is currently very much working, reading, cooking, teaching, laughing, thinking, and enduring from home.

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