March 30, 2016

Indigenous Urbanness: Indigenous Women and Community in Tkaronto

Jessica Cook

What is the role of Indigenous women in urban spaces in Tkaronto? What does Indigenous community sustainability look like within an urban ‘environment’? How does an Indigenous community develop and sustain themselves as well as interact with ‘outside’ expectations of Indigenous-ness? This talk will address some of these questions of belonging, what sustainability ‘can’, or ‘could’ look like and how Indigenous women are playing a role in sustaining and ‘supplying’ cultural knowledges in Tkaronto.

About the Presenter


Jessica currently holds a Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Education) and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, focusing on Indigenous women and Cultural Resurgence in Tkaronto (Toronto). She is currently a second year PhD student in the Anthropology Department and the Collaborative Program with Women and Gender Studies. Her current research focus is on Indigenous cultural resurgence and resistance movements in the Colonial State of Canada and New Zealand, with a particular focus on the roles of Indigenous women.

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