Annual General Meeting
Opening Remarks: Dr. Amy Parent
Time: Thursday, June 29, 2023 12:30-2:00pm
Academic Women Executive Committee invites you to join AW Annual General Meeting. We will start the meeting with opening remarks by Dr. Amy Parent. The meeting with continue with member Q&A, executive board report, and planning for the upcoming year.
Title: It is more than a name change: An oral editorial on the creation of the "Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Unsettling Place at Simon Fraser University" film series
Dr. Amy Parent’s Nisga’a name is Sigidimnak’ Noxs Ts’aawit (Mother of the Raven Warrior Chief). On her mother’s side of the family, she is from the House of Ni’isjoohl and is a member of the Ganada (frog) clan in the village of Laxgalts’ap in the Nisga’a Nation. On her father’s side of the family, she is of Settler ancestry (French and German). Dr. Parent is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Education & Governance (Tier 2) in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has also recently been nominated as Co-Chair for the Indigenous Research Leadership Circle with the Tri-Council Agencies and is the inaugural Associate Director for the SFU Cassidy Centre for Educational Justice (formerly the Centre for Education Law & Society).
Since returning to the SFU Faculty of Education in 2022, she has focused her decolonizing efforts with the Curriculum and Instruction: Equity Studies in Education Program Cognate and supporting the Indigenization of the faculty’s governance, programmatic, and course offerings in collaboration with the Indigenous Education Reconciliation Council. She also continues her commitment to supporting Indigenous self-determining research through her Canada Research Chair programme which aims to strengthen and support on-going matriarchal led leadership processes to attain B.C. First Nations control of Indigenous research jurisdiction and governance.
Dr. Parent has produced 14 films as part of a film series with respected Coast Salish Knowledge Holders and leaders titled “Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Unsettling Place at Simon Fraser University” since 2018. The film series aims to examine the praxis of land-based education by providing an understanding of the implications of Indigenous rights and sovereignty on Coast Salish lands and waterways while disrupting the glorified settler narrative of Simon Fraser. She has recently filmed an oral editorial detailing the Indigenous Storywork methodology (Archibald, 2008) that she engaged for the creation of the film series. The oral editorial also provides guidance to support deeper pathways for Settlers to engage with their decolonizing responsibilities on Coash Salish lands and waterways. She is honoured to continue working with respected Coast Salish Knowledge Holders and Settler scholar, Dr. Jeannie Kerr to undertake a collaborative research project to support curriculum development for the film series. Dr. Parent’s keynote presentation will: provide the origin story of the film series creation, detail the methodological and pedagogical intentions of the series; and provide concrete actions that SFU faculty and leaders can undertake to support decolonizing solidarities to ensure that we are collectively doing more than changing the name of “Simon Fraser” University.
Learn More about Dr. Parent’s Scholarship:
Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Montage for Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University: Simon Fraser University. https://vimeo.com/828704699/f4a5118c39
Canadian Commission: United Nations Education Scientific & Cultural Organization (2021). Land as teacher: Understanding Indigenous land based education. Retrieved from: https://en.ccunesco.ca/idealab/indigenous-land-based-education.
Parent, A & Kerr, J. (2022). Contemporary colonialism and reconciliation in Higher Education: A decolonial response through relationality. In Sandra Styres and Arlo Kempf’s (Eds.), Troubling Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Education: Critical Perspectives (pp. 281-295). University of Alberta Press. [E-book available through SFU library]
Further information on Dr. Parent’s publications, films and teaching please visit: https://amyparent.ca/publication/