Watch the 2020 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture with Tamara Starblanket

December 18, 2020

Chloe Sjuberg
Communications Coordinator, SFU Public Square

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Tamara Starblanket, Dean of Academics at the Native Education College and a Cree woman from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Treaty Six, was awarded the 2020 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, for her book Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State.

On October 29, 2020, Starblanket spoke about Canada’s role in changing the definition of genocide and the legal international and domestic ramifications.

Following her presentation, Starblanket had a conversation with Sharon Venne (Notokwew Muskwa Manitokan) and Irene Watson. Venne is a Cree woman and legal scholar who has worked to promote the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally. Watson is a professor of law and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy at the University of South Australia and a member of the Tanganekald, Meintangk and Bunganditj First Nations peoples of the Coorong and the south-east of South Australia.

Learn more about the event and speakers here.

Nominations for the 2021 Sterling Prize are open until February 15, 2021. Learn more and submit a nomination.

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