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Concurrent session

Indigenous Perspectives


November 18, 2018 at 10:30am - 11:45am


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with Angele Alook and Heidi HeavyShield

Photo Ops, Inadequate Consultation, and the Soft Implementation of UNDRIP

This presentation looks at the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) under the Alberta NDP since 2015. Specifically, it examines the discourse used by the Ministry of Indigenous Relations in its press releases and policy documents, and analyzes interviews done with policy experts. It then compares what consultation and consent mean to Indigenous peoples impacted by government policy with what these concepts mean to government bureaucrats.

Dr. Angele Alook is proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation and a speaker of the Cree language. She recently successfully defended her PhD in Sociology from York University. She specializes in Indigenous feminism, life course approach, Indigenous research methodologies, cultural identity, and sociology of family and work.

Reconciliation is Justice: Exploring Opportunities for Restorative Responses to the TRC Calls to Action in the Criminal Justice System

This presentation will identify opportunities and possibilities to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's calls to action with the criminal justice system, in particular for incarcerated Indigenous populations. How can we explore manners in which our systems intersect with the criminal justice system? Examples from Aboriginal correctional programs in context will be identified. Particular emphasis on highlights from the Faceless Dolls Project within a correctional setting will be used to illuminate responses to #MMIWG for incarcerated Indigenous women, promoting social inclusion and social action through a justice lens.

Heidi HeavyShield works in the criminal justice system in Alberta and has worked in direct clinical practice in a provincial correctional institution for over 11 years as the Indigenous program coordinator, working with incarcerated Indigenous men and women. Heidi is a sessional instructor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, Southern Alberta Region.