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Seeking Historical Reconciliation in the Archives: Adventures in First Nations Document Collection and Analysis

The Riley Lectures - In Canadian History


UWinnipeg's Sanford Riley Fellow Dr. Susan Hill presented her lecture on Seeking Historical Reconciliation in the Archives: Adventures in First Nations Document Collection and Analysis on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Oral History Centre.

Seeking Historical Reconciliation in the Archives: Adventures in First Nations Document Collection and Analysis

Dr. Hill's Riley Fellowship Lecture was one of a series of events during the week of Oct. 1-5 commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763.

The Archival records of the Department of Indian Affairs document both Canada's oppression of Indigenous communities as well as Indigenous resistance to assimilation policies.  Dr. Hill spoke about a project undertaken by First Nations Studies at the University of Western Ontario to improve access to Indian Affairs records held by Library and Archives Canada.  The goals of the project include making information available to First Nations communities in Southern Ontario, developing collaborative research projects between university and community scholars, and promoting a better understanding of the shared territories and histories of First Nations communities of Southern Ontario.

UWinnipeg's Sanford Riley Fellow Dr. Susan Hill is a Haudenosaunee citizen (Mohawk Nation/Wolf Clan) and lives at the Grand River Territory (Six Nations). She is an Associate Professor in the departments of History and First Nations Studies and director of First Nations Studies at the University of Western Ontario.  She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Native Studies from Trent University, an MA in American studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan.  Her research interests include Haudenosaunee land history, Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous archives and ethics and Native education.

This even was sponsored by the Sanford Riley Centre for Canadian History, Department of History.

For the audio link to the lecture click on the link below:
Dr. Susan Hill audio recording of lecture