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Meet the 2022-23 Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellows in the Humanities

January 11, 2023

The Department of Indigenous Studies is honoured to host Wanda John-Kehewin as one of this year's Shadbolt Fellows. 

Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is pleased to announce the scholars selected for the 2022-23 Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellowship in the Humanities. This program increases the visibility of the contributions and critical power of the humanities and arts to the university community. It also engages the wider community through publicly involved scholarship and creativity.

Please join us in welcoming the 2022-23 Shadbolt Fellows to SFU at an evening of conversation moderated by SFU English professor and poet Clint Burnham, followed by a Q&A session and catered reception.

The Shadbolt Fellows are renowned writers, artists and scholars, all publicly engaged in championing the arts and pushing disciplinary boundaries through the dynamics of agitation and resilience.

Agitation and Resilience: The Critical Power of the Arts and Humanities

Date: January 27, 2023 (Friday)

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Venue: 1400 - 1430 Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

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Wanda John-Kehewin, 2022-23 Shadbolt Fellow

Host department: Department of Indigenous Studies

Wanda John-Kehewin is a Cree poet and soon-to-be author of two publications forthcoming next year. She is also a scriptwriter, with her first feature film being filmed in the summer of 2023.

During her fellowship at SFU, Wanda’s project focused on the effects of lateral violence in Indigenous communities and identifying ways of informing and preventing acts of lateral violence. As part of this project, Wanda taught two Lateral Violence workshops in the community to an Elders at SFU’s Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) and to Family Community Counselling students at the Indigenous Student Centre.

The workshops used a mannequin painted in the four colours of the medicine wheel to represent that lateral violence happens in all communities that have been oppressed. The project also represented a healing journey for the attendees, who wrote on the mannequin with sharpies and acrylic markers, highlighting what they learned about lateral violence and how it affected them.

The next workshop Wanda plans on creating focuses on community empowerment through spreading lateral kindness.

Wanda's term as a Shadbolt Fellow runs from September 2022 to April 2023.