Friday, May 13, 2011, Fredericton, NB: Place-Making, Culture and Identity Among Urban Aboriginal People in Canada
I’ll be attending CASCA The Greening of Anthropology: Reconfiguring Our Work for the 21st Century conference in Fredericton May 11-13th, 2011 and presenting a paper on some of my current and previous research. If anyone else is attending let me know so I can look for you and attend fellow presentations.
Friday, May 13 / vendredi 13
9:00 – 10:30 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS C.1 / SÉANCES PARALLÈLES C.1
C.1.3 Indigenous Knowledges, Narratives and Settler Relations Panel 1
Chair / Président: Gerald P McKinley (University of Western Ontario)
Room / Salle: JDH G5
Place-Making, Culture, and Identity Among Urban Aboriginal People in Canada
Cheryl Matthew (Carleton University)
The paper will explore urban Aboriginal place-making and the shared cultural practices that are used to construct meaning and identity in Canada. Urban Aboriginal people are now less likely to be connected to a land base; therefore, finding community becomes more about creating place through cultural practices, such as engaging in urban hubs of activity and forming relationships. Urban Aboriginal formal institution building and informal networks of relations have contributed to establishing cultural identity and place in the city. In the urban context, these networks provide a place for the construction and sharing of cultural knowledge. The paper will explore urban Aboriginal place-making, culture and identity through the Indigenous diasporic experience, and social practices of urban Aboriginal people in constructing place and culture through institutions, networks and the use of electronic mediation.