Learning with Syeyutsus Speaker Series

Join us for an informative conversation with Dr. Shalene Wuttunee Jobin who shares the intersections of settler colonialism and economic exploitation in the region known today as Canada. We’ll learn how economic advancement is intertwined with the exploitation of Indigenous communities and what Indigenous worldviews can teach us about miyo‐pimâtisiwin ᒥᔪ ᐱᒫᑎᓯᐃᐧᐣ (the good life) and harmonious economic relationships. Dr. Jobin draws inspiration from the profound knowledge systems of the nehiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ (Cree) people and will underscore two pivotal arguments: the foundational relationship between settlers and Indigenous populations was one of economic exploitation, and that Indigenous economic ties are constitutive and deeply rooted in connections to Land, water, and the intricate web of life they sustain. In this talk Dr. Jobin offers insights that enable us to reimagine how we can aspire to the good life with all our relations.

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Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships: Nehiyawak Narratives

by Shalene Wuttunee Jobin

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About the Author

Shalene Wuttunee Jobin is a Cree and Métis scholar and a citizen of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation, Treaty 6. As of June 2023, she took on the role of VP, Academic at First Nations University of Canada moving from an associate professor of Indigenous studies and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Governance at the University of Alberta. She is the founding director of the Indigenous Governance and Partnership program, and a co-founder of the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge.

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