Led by Professor Joe Hermer, Chair of the Department of Sociology, this guided walk through the Highland Creek Valley looks at the political history of the Williams Treaties and makes visible the legal and moral geography of campus lands in relation to the 'quieting' of an Indigenous presence. Drawing on archival research conducted by Sociology faculty and undergraduate student researchers, and told from the perspective of a settler to the land, particular attention is paid to the Miller Lash Estate as an example of a colonial attitude to land that erases the historical theft and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples. Presented alongside the walk will be works from the Blueprints series by artist Lisa Myers, which explore mapping, colonialism, and personal history through the story of her grandfather's escape from Shingwauk Residential School. This program is presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery and Department of Sociology. The event is free, and all are welcome.
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