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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Inuit Identity Across Generations

September 29, 2023 at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:2017 Dunton Tower
Audience:Carleton Community

This event will be held in person, as well as live-streamed.

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Actions asks us to advance our understanding of reconciliation. On September 29, the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University invites you to join a conversation with award-winning author Norma Dunning as she speaks to her latest book, Kinauvit? What is your name? The Eskimo disc system and a daughter’s search for her grandmother.

Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning

Join us to learn about Inuit identity and how colonial institutions interrupted important cultural and social family markers.

In 2001, Dr. Norma Dunning applied to the Nunavut Beneficiary program, requesting enrolment to legally solidify her existence as an Inuk woman. But in the process, she was faced with a question she could not answer, tied to a colonial institution retired decades ago: “What was your disc number?” Dunning has a PhD in Indigenous Peoples Education.

Also the author of:
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories, 2017
Eskimo pie: A poetics of Inuit identity, 2020
Tainna:The Unseen Ones, 2021 (winner of the Governor General’s Award for Literature)