CFP [Due – Jan 31]: Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association Conference 2015

CINSA 2015: Survivance & Reconciliation: 7 Forward / 7 Back

Date: 11-13 June 2015 at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


The Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) Conference 2015 will be hosted by the First Peoples Studies Program (FPST) at Concordia University. Concordia University’s First Peoples Studies program recently received government of Quebec accreditation and began offering a minor and major in September 2013. The year, 2015 is also the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking James Bay Agreement of 1975. Come honour and celebrate these two important events by participating in the first CINSA gathering since 2008.

The conference’s theme borrows from the Anishinaabeg vision that asks all people to consider themselves from the standpoint of Seven Generations Back and Seven Generations Forward. Our peoples have endured much over the last Seven Generations, but through our ancestors efforts we have resisted and survived. Now the current generation is looking forward Seven Generations to ensure our continued survival as peoples. As part of the process we have embarked on a path of reconciliation with ourselves and settlers. We hope that such efforts will help ensure our collective survivance through reconciliation.

The conference organizers seek original works examining the themes of ‘survivance’ and ‘reconciliation’ in Quebec, Canada, North America, and the World in relationship to Indigenous peoples and nations. Other topics or themes will be considered. The organizing committee invites scholars and community members to submit proposals, in French or English, for:

individual papers, panel sessions, posters, roundtables, workshops, film screenings, and performances.

All French or English proposals (between 200 – 250 words) should be accompanied by a brief CV (or a brief statement of relevant experience in relation to your proposal) and be submitted to the Organizing Committee ( by 31 January 2015.

Facebook: CINSA Concordia 2015

All papers from the conference, either in French or English, from the conference may be considered for publication in a conference proceedings.

The Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) is a community of scholars committed to Indigenous/Native Studies as a discipline that is informed by, and respectful of, Indigenous intellectual traditions. Among its objects is the continued development of Aboriginal studies intellectualism through the dissemination and discussion of research as well as facilitation of communication between students, scholars, elders, and community members. As such, First Peoples Studies at Concordia University is honoured to be chosen as the host for the 2015 gathering.

Karl S. Hele
Director, First Peoples Studies
School of Community and Public Affairs
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd., West
Montreal, QC
H3G 1M8

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