FCDC is proud to announce guest speaker and Knowledge Keeper, Dr. Niigaan Sinclair – Wednesday, November 28th, 1PM to 3PM, 113 McCaul St. Rm 512.
Dr. Niigaan Sinclair will be presenting on the topic of “Appropriation or Appreciation.” In his presentation, Dr. Sinclair will examine cultural appropriation and appreciation and how to engage Indigenous literatures, asking the audience to reconsider what they know as ‘literatures.’
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) is on sabbatical from his job as Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.
Niigaan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.
He is also a recovering high school teacher.