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The College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada is committed to facilitating engagement amongst its membership as well as with the Royal Society of Canada and the public. In order to facilitate engagement and to showcase the expertise that is resident amongst our College members, the RSC College Webinar Series will be hosted by the Royal Society of Canada three times annually. This webinar series will be managed by the College executive on the advice of College Council and supported by Walter House.

Indigenous Engagement

Indigenous engagement, the institutional effort to engage with experiences, histories, and perspectives of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in meaningful ways, has become increasingly important in the Canadian Academy and other public bodies. With focus upon such important areas as human rights, health and well-being, and sovereignty, institutional change has rightfully become an area of endeavour for which the genuine contributions of Indigenous peoples is essential. In this webinar, speakers will be invited to discuss the ways through which Indigenous engagement have developed in their areas of professional focus and in other societal contexts. In doing so, speakers are welcome to discuss their own professional work. This event will assist the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists in their efforts toward improved Indigenous engagement and reconciliation.


Unfortunately, Max Liboiron is no longer able to participate. Kisha Supernant will instead be joined by College President Frank Deer as a panelist. College Secretary Patrick Leroux has agreed to moderate.

Dr. Max Liboiron develops and applies anticolonial research methods in a wide array of disciplines and spaces. Their lab, CLEAR, is an interdisciplinary plastic pollution laboratory whose methods foreground humility and good land relations. They are author of Pollution is Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2021) and co-author of Discard Studies: Wasting, Systems, and Power (MIT Press, 2022). Dr. Liboiron is an Associate Professor in Geography at Memorial University.

Dr. Kisha Supernant (Métis) is an internationally recognized Indigenous archaeologist. She is Director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. She is at the forefront of supporting Indigenous communities locate unmarked graves around residential schools in Canada.

Frank Deer, President of the College of the RSC, is Professor, Canada Research Chair, and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Frank is Kanienkeha’ka from Kahnawake, a community that lies just south of Tiotia’ke in the eastern region of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Frank earned a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Frank has previously served as a classroom teacher in Northern Manitoba and in the Inner City of Winnipeg.

Frank studies Indigenous education and Indigenous religious and spiritual orientations. Frank is looking forward to working with the College and the Royal Society of Canada on initiatives associated with Indigenous engagement and inclusive excellence.

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