CSRS Public Lecture Series
Smoke is Still Rising: The Eclipse of Christianity and Resurgence of Indigenous Spirituality among First Nations in Canada
Speaker: Taiaiake Alfred
Professor, School of Indigenous Governance and
Department of Political Science, UVic
This talk will trace the history of the spread and influence of Christianity, particularly Catholicism, among First Nations people in Canada. In the context of a broad decolonization movement, this talk will also explain the resurgence of Indigenous forms of belief and spiritual practice.
Gerald Taiaiake Alfred is a full professor in IGOV and in the Department of Political Science. He specializes in studies of traditional governance, the restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonization strategies. He is a prominent Indigenous intellectual and advisor to many First Nation governments and organizations. He has been awarded a Canada Research Chair, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the field of education, and the Native American Journalists Association award for best column writing. Taiaiake's current research involves studying the effects of environmental contamination on Indigenous cultural practices, with a special focus on the Mohawk community of Akwesasne.
Visit the John Albert Hall Lectures page at the University of Victoria Centre for Studies in Religion and Society webpage at csrs.uvic.ca/events/lectures/john_albert_hall.php