Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote:

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Title: Appropriation or Appreciation: How to Engage Indigenous Literatures

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine‘s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and one of the CBC Manitoba’s “Top Forty Under Forty.” He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of newspapers like The Guardian and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. His first book on Anishinaabeg literary traditions will be coming out with the University of Minnesota Press in 2017. Follow him on twitter: @Niigaanwewidam

Opening keynote live streaming here:

Tune in live, 12:45-2:15 pm Mountain Time, Tuesday, May 23

Closing Keynote


Jessie Loyer

Title: Librarians, wâhkôhtowin, and information literacy instruction: building kinship in research relationships

Jessie Loyer is Cree-Métis and a member of Michel First Nation. She is a librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, a guest on Treaty 7 and Blackfoot territory. One of her current research projects is with elders from her community, helping them share their stories about their relationships to land and enfranchisement at Her research looks at Indigenous perspectives on information literacy, supporting language revitalization, and creating ongoing research relationships using a nêhiyaw minâ otipêmisiw concept of kinship. Follow her on twitter: @jmloyer

Closing keynote live streaming here:

Tune in live, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Mountain Time, Thursday, May 25

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