Writing the North: Authors and Publishers in Conversation

Wednesday, June 02, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Congress 2021 Open Event

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  • From UBC Press: Jerry Fontaine (author) talks with Darcy Cullen (acquisitions editor) about Our Hearts Are as One Fire: An Ojibway-Anishinabe Vision for the Future.
  • From University of Alberta Press: Leslie McCartney (author) and Sharon Snowshoe (Gwich’in Tribal Council) talk with Mat Buntin (acquisitions editor) about Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih: Stories from the People of the Land.
  • From McGill-Queen's University Press: Author and series co-editor of the McGill-Queen's Indigenous and Northern Studies series, Arthur J. Ray and press executive director Philip Cercone.

Speaker Bios: 

Jerry Fontaine, makwa ogimaa, is from the Ojibway-Anishinabe community of Sagkeeng, where he served as chief from 1987 to 1998. He currently teaches Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Darcy Cullen is assistant director, acquisitions, at UBC Press, and the founder of RavenSpace Publishing. She has published in Indigenous studies for nearly two decades and has written about the collaborative nature of publishing in articles and the book Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text.

Leslie McCartney is a cultural anthropologist specializing in oral history. She is an Associate Professor and the Curator of Oral History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Sharon Snowshoe is a Gwich’in member of the Teetł’it Gwich’in band in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories. She is the Director of the Gwich’in Tribal Council Department of Culture & Heritage (DCH, formerly known as the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute), where she oversees numerous cultural, oral history, traditional knowledge, and other culture and heritage projects.

Mat Buntin is an Acquisitions Editor with University of Alberta Press.

Arthur J. Ray is professor emeritus of history at the University of British Columbia and the author of Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History; An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People:I Have Lived Here Since the World Began; Telling It to the Judge: Taking Native History to Court, and co-author of Bounty and Benevolence: A History of Saskatchewan Treaties.

Philip Cercone is the executive director of McGill-Queen’s University Press and has served in this role for over three decades.  

About the books and series:

Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih

An invaluable compilation of historical and cultural information based on a project originally conceived by the Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute to document the biographies of the oldest Gwich'in Elders in the Gwich'in Settlement Region.

Our Hearts Are as One Fire: An Ojibway-Anishinabe Vision for the Future

A vision shared. A manifesto. This remarkable work draws on Ojibway-, Ota’wa-, and Ishkodawatomi-Anishinabe world views, history, and lived experience to develop a wholly Ojibway-Anishinabe interpretation of the role of traditional leadership and governance today.

McGill-Queen's Indigenous and Northern Studies series

MQUP will offer a discussion about this long-standing series. Founded in memory of Bruce G. Trigger, this series is co-edited by John Borrows, Sarah Carter, and Arthur J. Ray.

The McGill-Queen's Indigenous and Northern Studies series publishes books about Indigenous peoples in all parts of the northern world. It includes original scholarship on their histories, archaeology, laws, cultures, governance, and traditions. Works in the series also explore the history and geography of the North, where travel, the natural environment, and the relationship to land continue to shape life in particular and important ways. Its mandate is to advance understanding of the political, legal, and social relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, of the contemporary issues that Indigenous peoples face as a result of environmental and economic change, and of social justice, including the work of reconciliation in Canada. To provide a global perspective, the series welcomes books on regions and communities from across the Arctic and Subarctic circumpolar zones.


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