Dr. Deanna Reder | The Obligations of Stories: Missing Jim Brady and Abbie Halkett

2020, PFL 2019-2020, Arts + Culture, President's Faculty Lectures, Indigenous Voices

As a literary scholar I’ve learned techniques to read and analyze stories. But I’ve always been taught to use different ways to listen to the stories shared with me by my family—that Cree and Métis stories are not so easy to hammer down, that they ask you to take responsibility for your interpretations, that stories can incur obligations.

In this lecture I will remember the 1967 unexplained disappearance of Métis leader Jim Brady and Cree councilor Abbie Halkett. I think about the stories I’ve heard and learned about them and think about the responsibilities I hold because I listened.

– Deanna Reder

Thu, 06 Feb 2020

6:00 p.m. (PT)

Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 1200

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.

The President's Faculty Lectures

The President’s Faculty Lectures shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by the SFU president, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and faculty that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

Dr. Deanna Reder

Cree-Métis scholar Deanna Reder is the Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies, and an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the understudied archive of Indigenous literary work in Canada up to 1992 (see She is a founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association, also called ILSA (see, a co-chair of the Indigenous Voices Awards (see, and the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 


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