Who Is ‘Free’ to Speak of “Genocide”? MMIWG, Political Discourse, and the Solidarity Humanities

September 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Location:1811 Dunton Tower

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Who is ‘Free’ to Speak of “Genocide”? MMIWG, Political Discourse and the Solidarity Humanities

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Professor Len Findlay

University of Saskatchewan

Tues. Sept. 24 @ 4pm

1811 Dunton Tower

This talk defends the use of the term “genocide” in the 2019 report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Against claims that the term is a distraction, a case of unfortunate over-reach, or a distortion, Dr. Findlay situates this use of the term in the shift from the Eurocentric to what he calls the Solidarity Humanities. In this shift, disciplines deeply implicated in colonialism on Turtle Island work to decolonize themselves through a radical (and radicalizing) post-colonial understanding and practice of Indigenous-humanistic teaching, scholarship, and political struggle.

Len Findlay is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, former Director of the Humanities Research Unit and founding member of the Indigenous Humanities Group at the University of Saskatchewan.

Co-sponsored by the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of English Language and Literature.