Working Together as One: Building a Program in Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto
Abstract: Indigenous issues have been central in Canada for at least the past fifty years, and this centrality is increasingly echoed in the university setting, with the development of Indigenous studies programs at universities across the country. In this talk, I set the stage by examining the broader political setting, and then talk from my experience of establishing the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Toronto in the early 1990s to describe how the program has evolved since then, the challenges it has faced, and its current position. I will also discuss what we have learned. I will focus in particular on the role that languages and linguistics has played in these developments.