CORNER BROOK — This city will be the setting for several prestigious speakers who will come together to participate in an international exchange on Indigenous issues.
Maroon and Mi’kmaq: An International Indigenous Exchange will be held in the lecture theatre of Grenfell Campus’s new Arts and Science Extension on Nov. 4 and 5.
Guests include Maroon Col. Frank Lumsden of Charles Town, Jamaica; Saqamaw Chief Mi’sel Joe from MUN, Afua Cooper, James Robinson Johnston, chair in Black Canadian studies at Dalhousie University, and Angela Robinson, who teaches social/cultural studies at Grenfell.
On Nov. 4 from 6:30-8:45 p.m., the public is invited to view a documentary about the Maroons, who are recognized as indigenous peoples by UNESCO.
On Nov. 5, special guests will participate in an international discussion about Maroon and Mi’kmaq history and issues from 7-9:45 p.m. Robinson will provide a brief talk about the importance of indigenous and non-indigenous collaboration.
Cooper will speak about the origins and history of the Maroons within the context of the Atlantic slave trade, while Lumsden will speak about contemporary Maroon history and issues pertaining to his role as leader of one of four Maroon communities in Jamaica.
Joe will then speak about the importance of native spirituality in the context of revival and survival. Following their talks, a panel discussion will take place where presenters can speak with one another and the audience can ask questions.
All events are open to the public and are free.