Guest speakers

Sue Heffernan
PhD candidate in Human Studies, Laurentian University
11 February 2011

Railways, Nukes and Diamonds: Moosonee in Three “Parts”
Moosonee is the only non road-accessible municipality in the province. It is situated on the Moose River (just east of the James Bay) and is a major hub for people and goods moving further north. According to Ms. Heffernan, the three key stages—railway town to radar base to shipping centre—marked Moosonee’s development. She used maps and photos to show how each stage of development shaped the infrastructure and landscape of this Cree community.

Dr. Emily Faries
Professor, Indigenous Studies, University of Sudbury
Associate director, PHM
1 March 2011

A talk on Moose Cree First Nation
Dr. Faries spoke about the history of Moose Cree First Nation. Her talk was followed by a discussion of the impacts of the colonization process on the community.

Dr. Dylan Robinson
Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

A talk on Musical Reconciliation in Canada
As part of his postdoctoral research, Dr. Robinson is investigating intercultural collaboration and musical hybridity between First Nations and Western art music traditions. His presentation explored how collaborative projects between non-native Canadian art music composers and First Nations and Inuit musicians might be influenced by the discourse of reconciliation in Canada, and how they might relate to current issues of redress in First Nations Communities.

Nick Falvo
PhD candidate, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
26 March 2012

Homelessness 101
Mr. Falvo teaches a course on affordable housing and homelessness in Carleton’s School of Social Work and is the author of several policy papers regarding homelessness and social housing. His presentation focussed on the history and demography of homelessness in Canada.

Grand Chief Stan Louttit
Grand Chief, Mushkegowuk Council
14 and 15 March 2012

Cosponsored with the Dr. Jennifer Keck Lecture Series on Social Justice
Grand Chief Stan Louttit spoke about the James Bay Treaty, poverty and the Attawapiskat housing crisis. In his keynote address, he discussed how the James Bay Treaty was meant to prevent poverty and situations such as the Attawapiskat housing crisis. He also showed how the Treaty Commissioners, acting for the Government of Canada, deliberately misled Indigenous people in their negotiations leading to the conclusion of Treaty Nine. He also spoke about the historical events that still impact the lives of the First Nations people.