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Saturday, November 9 • 9:30am - 10:45am
“Decolonization” and the “Indigenizing” of the Academy: Sweat Lodge Ceremony as Contemplative Practice.

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The concepts of “Indigenization” and “decolonization” are buzzing through Canadian Universities in the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) report, though the concepts are far from new. The TRC and its 94 recommendations was a multi-year process to address the intergenerational suffering and cultural loss of residential school survivors from Indigenous communities throughout Canada. As a consequence, universities and colleges have begun to institute some of the recommendations on multiple levels. Though positive in many regards, the process for deep rooted understanding and healing is not well understood, and for many Indigenous peoples the efforts are a repeat of earlier attempts. In this presentation, I will introduce methods used in our “Indigenous Peoples of Canada” course, which culminated in building a sweat lodge and participating in a sweat led by a Cree sweat lodge leader on the university grounds.  During the ceremony, participants experienced  the teachings on, connecting with our ancestors,  “prayer” and creating community.


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am EST
905-09 Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01102

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