International guest lecturer, Professor Taiaiake Alfred, gives a talk on decolonisation strategies from a Native American perspective.
Taiaiake Alfred is Professor of Indigenous Governance and Director of the IGov program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He specializes in studies of traditional governance, restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonisation strategies.
Taiaiake's current research examines the effects of environmental contamination on Indigenous cultural practices, with a focus on the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. He works as a consultant to Indigenous communities to assess cultural injury due to contamination of the natural environment, and to design land-based cultural restoration plans.
His book, Wasáse: Indigenous pathways of action and freedom (University of Toronto Press, 2005), was named in 2010 as one of the most influential books in Native Studies by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. His diverse writings and intellectual contributions include two other books: Peace, Power, Righteousness (Oxford University Press, 1999/2009) and Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors (Oxford University Press, 1995). He has been awarded a Canada Research Chair and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
Taiaiake was born in Montréal in 1964 and was raised in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. He now lives in Wsanec Nation Territory with his wife and three sons, who are all Laksilyu Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation.