ANNUAL CANADIAN STUDIES LECTURE
University of Nottingham
“Indigenous Ideas and Innovations in the Canadian North”
Annis May Timpson (University of Edinburgh)
Indigenous ideas and innovations are shaping the development of Canada’s youngest territory of Nunavut. This lecture considers the integration of Inuit knowledge into political institutions and public policies in the territory. It also highlights Nunavut’s new policies to protect the Inuit Language from erosion while simultaneously recognizing the identities of Inuit Language, French and English speakers in the territory.
The lecture argues that Nunavut is at the cutting-edge of new initiatives to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and settler communities in Canada.
Annis May Timpson has been actively engaged with research in Nunavut since 1998. She is the Director of the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and founding convenor of a new research network: Indigeneity Research in Scotland. Her publications include First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada (UBC Press, 2009).
The Department of American & Canadian Studies gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK.