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Indigenous Research Across Disciplines

Craig McNaughtonTrent University faculty and students, from an array of disciplines, shared their research projects at Indigenous Research Day held Monday, November 21, 2005 at Gzowski College.

The event's theme, Indigenous Research Across Disciplines: Current and Future Directions at Trent, was an opportunity for the Trent community to gather and participate in a research exchange, said organizer Dr. Lynne Davis, director of the Native Studies PhD Program.

"The day provides an opportunity to understand and share with one another what we're doing and to know what people are doing in other parts of the university. We don't often have contact with one another," she said. "It's also an opportunity for students to meet faculty and find out what their research is."

The event, held in Mshiikenh: First Peoples Gathering Space in Enweying, included two keynote speakers – Craig McNaughton of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Trent Professor Emeritus Marlene Brant-Castellano.  

Mr. McNaughton outlined SSHRC's work in developing a policy for funding Indigenous research. Much of the policy's groundwork was laid with help from faculty within Trent's Native Studies Department. Prof. Brant-Castellano's talk focused on ethics and the future of Aboriginal research.

Faculty and graduate students presented brief lectures on their research. The variety of topics included:

  • Aboriginal Ideas of the Future – Prof. David Newhouse
  • Globalization, Nationalism and Indigenous People – Prof. Don McCaskill
  • Indigenous Performance to Enhance Indigenous Languages and Cultures – Prof. Marrie Mumford
  • Border Crossing Women: Native Women Writers – Prof. Michele Lacombe  

The event also included a performance by the Unity Hand Drum Singers.

Photo: Keynote speaker Craig McNaughton of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Posted November 23, 2005


































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