Braiding Histories Book Launch: Friday, February 27/09


Toronto Women's Bookstore presents a wine & cheese reception to celebrate the launch of:

Braiding Histories: Learning from Aboriginal Peoples' Experiences and Perspectives
a book by Susan D. Dion

Friday, February 27, 2009
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street (directions)
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wheelchair accessible
Silent art auction featuring work by:
Vanessa Anne Fletcher, janet romero, Amy Stubbs, and others.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Published by UBC Press, Braiding Histories proposes a new pedagogy for addressing Aboriginal subject material, shifting the focus from an essentializing or “othering” exploration of the attributes of Aboriginal peoples to a focus on historical experiences that inform our understanding of contemporary relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

Reflecting on the process of writing a series of stories, Dion takes up questions of (re)presenting the lived experiences of Aboriginal people in the service of pedagogy. Investigating what happened when the stories were taken up in history classrooms, she illustrates how our investments in particular identities structure how we hear and what we are “willing to know.”

Braiding Histories
illuminates the challenges of speaking/listening and writing/reading across cultural boundaries as an Aboriginal person to communicate Aboriginal experience through education. It will be useful to teachers and students of educational and Native studies and will appeal to readers seeking a better understanding of colonialism and Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
:
Susan D. Dion is an Aboriginal scholar (Lenape/Potawatami) who has been working in the field of education for 25 years. Her teaching and research focuses on understanding the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Dion is cross appointed to the School of Woman Studies and the LaMarsh Centre For Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution.
Her research interests include social and political contexts of education; disrupting memories of post-invasion First Nations-Canadian Relations; resistance strategies of Aboriginal adolescent girls; Aboriginal Women and the policy of forced assimilation; and, violence prevention in Aboriginal communities.

CONTACT:
Toronto Women's Bookstore
T: (416) 922-8744
E: events@womensbookstore.com.

This event is sponsored by Toronto Women’s Bookstore and University of British Columbia Press.


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