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A Talk with Dr. Lynn Gehl

Monday, March 18, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Arts & Humanities Building
Room: 2B02
A Talk with Dr. Lynn Gehl - First Nations Studies Speaker Series

A Talk with Dr. Lynn Gehl - First Nations Studies Speaker Series

Author of Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit

Monday, March 18, 2019,
Arts and Humanities Building AHB-2B02

Lynn Gehlis one of only a handful of Indigenous women who have a PhD in Indigenous Studies versus one of the western disciplines. Her work is rooted in the Indigenistparadigm where she places all else that came before humans as more intelligent. Lynn’s work encompasses the spiritual implications of identity loss through essentializeddiscourses of identity, blood quantum, phenotype physiology, and Indian Act definitions; and offers a critique to colonial models of treaty making, best known as the land claims process, that force Indigenous people to extinguish their land and resource rights. In her work she calls for the need to place local Indigenous knowledge at the core of the effort at disrupting nation state power that continues to destroy the land, air, and water that all beings need, inclusive of rock, trees, mooz, as well as Indigenous and settler people. On April 20, 2017 Lynn won a court challenge against Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s Unknown and Unstated Paternity policy. In this work Lynn was up against the largest law firm in Canada, the Department of Justice, who spent over $1 million fighting her 32 year effort. In this way Lynn is a proven advocate for change whose effort represents the integrity of a tree.

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