Guest Speaker: Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, UVic Professor in Gender Studies
Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, UVic Professor in Gender Studies, was at Wonderful Wednesdays on March 14th to present an overview of the diverse, Indigenous conceptions of gender, and the impact of European/settler conceptions of gender on Indigenous communities. By speaking to the endurance of Indigenous peoples and the current regeneration of Indigenous gender diversity, Christine’s talk is especially important for us as we seek to acknowledge colonial impacts and live into truth and reconciliation.
Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy is Ojibway Anishinaabe of mixed ancestry from Bawatig (Sault Ste. Marie, ON). Formerly a counsellor for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in conflict with Canadian law, in 2016 she joined the UVic faculty as a Lecturer in Gender Studies. She is also currently working on her PhD in Indigenous Studies through Trent University; her thesis explores Anishinaabe womyn’s economic governance of the sugar bush in the Great Lakes Region, in the production of maple sugar, through a queer, indigenous materialist, feminist lens.
Christine also promised during her to talk to provide us with some further resources, which you will find listed below:
“Cheryl Bryce, Lekwammen”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKTxP_zy_mA&t=2s
"WSANEC: Emerging Land or Emerging People” https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/arbutus/article/view/11639 (scroll down to see “FULL TEXT: PDF > in small print)
“The Care-Takers of the Land”, http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/181814.pdf
“Signs of Lewungen”, http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/residents/culture/public-art/signs-of-lekwungen.html (scroll down for brochure)
"Songhees" >> this is a beautiful and affordable book that I have found helpful in my teaching. It can be purchased at the Songhees Wellness Centre (Admirals Road) in the gift shop.