In June 2015, when I and many colleagues decided to submit proposals for an innovative presentational style, to the inaugural annual conference of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association at Six Nations in October 2015, it was the first time that many of us had made a poster. (With about ten of us going, we wanted to find a way to participate without usurping a full day just to present our research). Now this crowd included several doctoral students but it also included three full professors with ample presentation experience. Yet most of us, with post-doc David Gaertner as our teacher, had to take meticulous notes on how to translate our papers into another medium.
Attached is my effort, that mirrors my larger work in The People and the Text project, titled the “The Unremembered RED history of Simon Fraser University.” Just as there is little public awareness, never mind acknowledgement, of Indigenous writing in Canada before 1992, there is similar lack of awareness of the participation of Indigenous people–as faculty, staff and students–in SFU’s own history. Now there is some updating needed. In Fall 2015 historian Mary-Ellen Kelm taught History 427, dedicated to documenting Indigenous Histories of SFU. And colleague and Squamish archeologist Rudy Reimer, in FNST 212–Indigenous Perspectives of Landscape–regularly begins his term by taking students for a walk around campus to recognize the stories embedded in the land on which we work and study. Both Mary-Ellen and Rudy are following the edicts underlying local protocols, to understand ourselves in relation to the land we stand on and in relation to the peoples whose land it is. – Deanna Reder, PhD