Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Aboriginal Lecture Series | Dragons and Tricksters
FREE. No registration required.
When: Wed, March 2, 2016. 7:00 PM
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the Indigenous Research Institute and the Office for Aboriginal Peoples
"Dragons and Tricksters : An Intersection of Chinese and First Nations Culture, Philosophy, and Leadership"
Presented by William G. Lindsay (Cree-Stoney), Director, Office for Aboriginal Peoples, SFU and PhD Student, Faculty of Education, SFU
In components of his PhD research, William Lindsay has found philosophical similarities between aspects of classical Chinese thought and practice and traditional First Nations thought and practice. Included in this has been a discovery that aspects of traditional leadership skills from both cultures intersect in places and are applicable in his work “Indigenizing” a university. In addition to this, he has personally experienced and observed in these modern times an overlap and intersection of the culture and life experience of Chinese and First Nations people.
This lecture - tying aspects of these two cultural threads together - will consider the question: What fascinating observations can be made and what personal, philosophical, and leadership lessons can be contrasted, compared, and shared through this cross-cultural intersection? As part of this presentation, the 22 minute documentary short film "Cedar and Bamboo" will be shown. This fascinating documentary recounts the life experiences of four descendants of mixed heritage and explores the unique relationships shared by early Chinese immigrants and First Nations peoples on Canada's west coast.
William G. Lindsay is of Cree-Stoney heritage. William is currently a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. William has worked for many years as an Indigenous teacher, professor, student services provider, and senior administrator, at numerous Lower Mainland colleges and universities, including the Native Education College, the Institute for Indigenous Government (now the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Burnaby campus), Douglas College, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. William currently serves as the Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples at SFU, working out of the Office of the Vice President, Academic. He is also a published writer, with a TESOL textbook, a plethora of newspaper essays, and numerous academic papers and book reviews to his credit. William has also been the editor of two university newsletter/magazines and is the current publisher of the SFU News, Aboriginal Edition. William also has much experience dealing with local, provincial, and national media concerning Aboriginal issues.
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Related to this series: A recording of the 2015 Lecture Series on Aboriginal Issues
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