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A Conversation with Billy-Ray Belcourt
SFU Student Experience Initiative presents a conversation with writer and scholar Dr. Billy-Ray Belcourt from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwestern Alberta.
Dr. Belcourt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. The author of This Wound is a World, NDN Coping Mechanisms, and A History of My Brief Body, Dr. Belcourt is 2020 Governor General's Award finalist in non-fiction.
He will be joined by Nisga'a writer Dr. Jordan Abel as he shares his experiences as a graduate student, and reads from his work. The conversation and Q & A following will be moderated by SFU Department of English PhD Candidate Mackenzie Ground, a nehiyawiskwew and a writer from Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty Six.
About Jordan Abel
Dr. Jordan Abel is a scholar and author who has won numerous awards for his poetry, including Injun, The Place of Scraps, and Un/Inhabited. His latest project, NISHGA (2021) is an autobiographical work that addresses the complexities of contemporary Indigenous experience and the intergenerational impact of the residential school system.
About Mackenzie Ground
Mackenzie Ground (she/her/hers) is a nehiyawiskwew and a writer from Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty Six. She is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University and a member of the Writing Revolution in Place research collective. Her writing has appeared in The Glass Buffalo, G U E S T, The Capilano Review, and The Fiddlehead.
About the Supervision in the 21st Century Speaker Series
Hosted by Dr. Jeff Derksen, SFU’s Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Dr. Roxanne Panchasi, Associate Dean – Academic, this lecture series provides a space for graduate students to learn and think with scholars from across the disciplines. Focused on the reimagining of graduate supervision in the 21st century, the series is sponsored by the SFU Student Experience Initiative.
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