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Trent University to Host Eighth Annual Indigenous Women’s Symposium March 16-18


Assembly of First Nations to Present Gender-Based Analysis Framework at Conference

Tuesday, March 13, 2007, Peterborough

The Indigenous Studies Department of Trent University will present the Eighth Annual Indigenous Women’s Symposium from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18 in the First Peoples House of Learning at Peter Gzowski College.

This year’s event, entitled “Celebrating our Diversity “, honours the many ways Indigenous women have courageously resisted colonialism. Men are also invited and encouraged to attend this symposium so that they can also benefit from the wisdom and experiences of these women.

A special feature of this year’s symposium will be the first-time presentation of the Gender-Based Analysis Framework by the Assembly of First Nations’ Women’s Council, represented by Kathleen McHugh and Marie Frawley-Henry. This presentation will explore the contribution of gender based analysis to the development of policy, services and research that are responsive to First Nations women’s needs.

This year’s symposium will feature keynote presentations from Njoki Nathani Wane, associate professor in the Sociology & Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; Andrea Smith, assistant professor of Women’s Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan; Patience Elabor-ldemudia, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan; and Leanne Simpson, researcher, negotiator, writer and advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples.
The Indigenous women’s symposium is an annual gathering where topics and issues of importance to Indigenous women are presented and discussed. The symposium was developed by Professor Emeritus Edna Manitowabi who wanted to bring people together to share in the experiences of Indigenous women from around the world.
Registration details about the conference are available on the Native Studies web site. Peter Gzowski College is located on the east bank of Symons Campus, Trent University at 2510 Pioneer Road, Peterborough, Ontario.


For additional information, please contact:
Paula Sherman, (705) 748-1011, ext. 7904