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5th Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout Lecture: Life after residential school

November 16, 2023 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location:St Patrick's Building Carleton University Art Gallery
Audience:Anyone, Carleton Community, Staff and Faculty
Key Contact:Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Title: Life after residential school

The inaugural lecture was given by Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout herself in 2019. Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout is a nehiyaw/Cree person from Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. From 1989-1993, Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout was the founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) and from 1993-2001 was the first Indigenous professor within the School of Canadian Studies (now named the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies) at Carleton University. Dion Stout has left an indelible mark on Indigenous communities, the Carleton community, and Canadian society more generally.

This year’s Annual Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout Lecture will be given by Louise Bernice Halfe, Canada’s ninth Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

Louise B. Halfe

Louise B. Halfe.
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About the Speaker
Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Louise is married, has two adult children and three grandsons. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina. She also completed two years of Addictions Counselor Training at St. Albert’s Nechi Institute where she also facilitated the program. She served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years and has traveled extensively for her poetics and to present at numerous conferences. Her books include, Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good, Burning In This Midnight Dream, Sohkeyihta, and awasis-kinky and dishevelled. She has received numerous accolades and awards including honorary doctorates from Wilfred Laurier University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Mount Royal University. She currently serves as the national Parliamentary Library Poet Laureate. Louise also serves as an elder or knowledge keeper at the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Virtual Hospice, Opik, and others. She actively participates in cultural and ceremonial activities relevant to her Plains Cree culture.

The lecture will be a verbal presentation after which the topic will be presented in poetic form which will address intergenerational trauma.

Reception with light refreshments after the lecture | Open to all.

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