Date: May 23, 2015
Place: Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus
13450-102 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada
2015 Conference Theme
Indigeneity brings us face-to-face with the places we inhabit and spaces where we gather. The original Latin ‘indigena’ gestures to being "sprung from the land," thus demonstrating the critical relationship between nature and human beings. This word also speaks to a critical relationship between different ways of being, beginning with the European word itself as a way of naming communities like the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). Essentially, indigeneity is about how we relate to the world, whether we feel entitled to have dominion over it or entrusted with its care. Dialogue, curriculum, news media, and other places of conversation are filled with the tensions and expansions that indigeneity sponsors. This year’s conference theme attempts to hold these connections—between ourselves and place, space, time, being and knowing—close for reflection, critical examination, and thoughtful questioning.