An array of Indigenous content creators will be speaking with the Brock community throughout the Fall and Winter Terms.
As part of the University’s Decolonial Reading Circle (DRC), a two-hour meeting will take place each month to discuss literature or films created by Indigenous people, which everyone is welcome to attend.
With all but one of the meetings taking place online, the gatherings also welcome many of the content creators to participate directly in the discussion of their work.
Robyn Bourgeois, Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, said the opportunity for participants to be in dialogue with the visiting artists presented a chance for all involved to learn together.
“It’s one thing to read a book or watch a film, but it’s an entirely different learning opportunity to discuss content with its creator,” she said. “It’s like getting to go behind the scenes and taking the ultimate deep dive into the content.”
This year’s events include:
Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. — Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining our Future with local author Patty Krawec.
Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. — Unreconciled: Family, Truth and Resistance with author Jesse Wente.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre — A screening of the film Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. — Making Love With the Land with author Joshua Whitehead
Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. — Rehearsals of Living with authors Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
March — TBD
The DRC will also continue to collectively read and discuss the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and will be co-facilitated by Bourgeois and Fallon Farinacci, a Métis community member from the Niagara region who served on the National Family Advisory Circle for the Inquiry.
Originally hosted in person, the DRC moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to take place virtually to allow higher rates of participation.
Participants must sign up online in advance.