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You're invited to the 7th Atlantic Education Graduate Student Conference -FR

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Posted on Jun 7, 2018

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The UNB Faculty of Education is proud to host the 7th Atlantic Education Graduate Student Conference with the keynote address by Dr. Sherri Pictou.

Join us for Learning and Sharing in this Place: The Wabanaki Confederacy on Saturday, June 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall d'Avray Hall, Main Lobby. Free registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Please register online via

This conference is open to graduate students, faculty, and members of the general public.

Registration is complimentary and lunch is provided.

The goal of this conference is to showcase current graduate student research in education. The conference aims to build research communities and connections among graduate students within the Atlantic region and beyond. We invite students from all areas of educational studies and all levels of graduate study to present their research. 

Keynote address: Decolonizing Treaty Relations in Research

Dr. Sherry Pictou is a Mi’kmaw woman from L’sɨtkuk (water cuts through high rocks) known as Bear River First Nation, N.S., and is an assistant professor in the women’s studies department at Mount Saint Vincent with a focus on Indigenous feminism. She is also a former Chief for her community and the former co-chair of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples. Her research interests are decolonization of treaty relations, social justice for Indigenous women, Indigenous women’s role in food and lifeways, and Indigenous knowledge and food systems.

The history and celebration of treaties, and the Peace and Friendship Treaties in particular, have gained much momentum over the years. This in great part is due to decades of successful Mi’kmaw/Indigenous legal contestation of how the Peace and Friendships treaties have been ignored and violated by state governments. However, has this led to implementing the treaties, and if so, how are they being implemented? This talk aims to address this broader question by examining some of the Mi’kmaw/Indigenous understandings and practices in treaty relations against political-legal interpretations as a decolonizing research practice.  In this context, the implications of decolonizing treaty research for all Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous women in particular, and settler populations living in the northeastern part of Turtle Island, known today as Canada, are explored.

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