NCCAH Webinar Notification

Date and Time: March 10, 2016 at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time


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Dr. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson


Dr. Cindy Holmes


Dr. Sarah Hunt


Re-thinking Family Violence: Centering Indigenous Knowledges


This webinar will centre Indigenous worldviews in exploring the issue of 'family violence'. Based in Anishinabek knowledge about families, healthy relationships, holistic views of health and the relational nature of wellness, Leanne Simpson will provide teachings which will encourage a rethinking of family violence in the context of Indigenous worldviews. Using Anishinabek philosophies and storytelling, Dr. Simpson will discuss a de-colonial approach to addressing violence in Indigenous families that challenges western nuclear conceptions of 'family'. Dr. Simpson's teachings will flow from an introduction provided by Dr. Sarah Hunt and Dr. Cindy Holmes, who will discuss their research on how family violence and solutions to this violence in Indigenous communities have been framed in Canada over the past 20 years. Together, the presenters will highlight the possibilities that are opened up when family violence is discussed in the context of Indigenous knowledge, highlighting how culturally-specific solutions to violence are being fostered in diverse ways at the community level and within scholarly and creative works. The webinar will end with a series of questions for participants to take away for further thought and discussion in their own cultural and community contexts.


Speaker Bios


Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is "a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism." In 2014, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King. She is the author of three books; Dancing on Our Turtle's Back, The Gift Is in the Making and Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is An Honour Song (with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi collective). Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is currently faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh/NWT. Leanne is of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and a member of Alderville First Nation.


Cindy Holmes' research explores intersections between violence, gender, sexuality, colonialism and health and is grounded in over 20 years work in community-based health, anti-violence and social justice movements. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) at UNBC and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU.


Sarah Hunt is a Kwagiulth researcher, educator and writer with 15 years experience working on issues of violence in Indigenous communities across BC. She is assistant professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Geography at UBC, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH).


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March 10, 2016


Browse Publications & Online Resources

Violence, Colonialism and Space: Towards a decolonizing dialogue by Cindy Holmes, Sarah Hunt and Amy Piedalue

The Gift is in the Making by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Family violence as a social determinant of First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis health from the NCCAH



First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program - University of British Columbia (UBC) 



Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research



The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health - Simon Fraser University (SFU)



Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning





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