Elder Michael Thrasher: "An Indigenous Contribution to the Sustainability of Our Common Habitat" - November 25th

The next talk in the Newbery Lecture series will take place on Tuesday, November 25st, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the Canisius Hall at the University of Sudbury.  “An Indigenous Contribution to the Sustainability of Our Common Habitat” will be presented by Michael Thrasher (Kawhywaweet), a Métis-Cree Elder from northern Saskatchewan. 

Learning from prominent Elders at the time, Michael was part of the Indigenous, cultural revitalization and resurgence movement in Canada during the 1970s, which sought to reclaim and to share Indigenous knowledge and to foster healing within First Nations communities across Canada.  He worked at the Nechi Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education and co-founded Four Skies Training and Development Services Ltd.  He has become a nationally recognized Elder and teacher of Anishnaabe First Nations philosophy, traditions and culture and is widely credited for his ability to apply Indigenous Knowledge to contemporary issues.

Michael has also been instrumental in the development of the Indigenous Studies Ph.D. program at Trent University, where he was the first Elder in Canada to bring Indigenous Knowledge into a formal academic course setting, initiating an entirely unique approach to intercultural/interdisciplinary dialogue and knowledge creation.   He continues to contribute to course development in Indigenous Knowledge, teach, and co-supervise Ph.D. Dissertations at a number of universities.

For more information please contact Mary Recollet at the University of Sudbury (mrecollet@usudbury.ca).

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