Leo Baskatawang Hybrid Book LaunchWednesday Apr 19 2023 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium, Streaming via YouTube
Join Dr. Leo Baskatawang for the launch of Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law: Kinamaadiwin Inaakonigewin and the Treaty Right to Education (University of Manitoba Press). This event features a conversation with James Daschuk.
The event will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream featuring live chat. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.
In Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law, Leo Baskatawang traces the history of the neglected treaty relationship between the Crown and the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3, and the Canadian government’s egregious failings to administer effective education policy for Indigenous youth—failures epitomized by, but not limited to, the horrors of the residential school system.
Leo Baskatawang is Anishinaabe from Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation in Treaty #3 territory. He is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. Prior to beginning his academic career, Dr. Baskatawang served in the United States Army, where he completed two combat tours with distinction.
A graduate of the University of Manitoba (PhD (History) 2002), host James Daschuk is a professor in the faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina and a research associate with the Saskatchewan Population health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU). His book, Clearing the Plains: Disease, the Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life (2013) won numerous prizes including the Canadian historical Association's Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for the best work in scholarly history in 2014. Since its publication, it has sold more than 35,000 copies and was recently released as an audio book.
Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law
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A manifesto for the future of Indigenous Education in Canada
In Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law Leo Baskatawang traces the history of the neglected treaty relationship between the Crown and the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3, and the Canadian government's egregious failings to administer effective education policy for Indigenous youth--failures epitomized by, but not limited to, the horrors of the residential school system.
Rooted in the belief that Indigenous education should be governed and administered by Indigenous peoples, Baskatawang envisions a hopeful future for Indigenous nations where their traditional laws are formally recognized and affirmed by the governments of Canada. Baskatawang thereby details the efforts being made in Treaty #3 territory to revitalize and codify the Anishinaabe education law, kinamaadiwin inaakonigewin. Kinamaadiwin inaakonigewin considers education wholistically, such that it describes ways of knowing, being, doing, relating, and connecting to the land that are grounded in tradition, while also positioning its learners for success in life, both on and off the reserve.
As the backbone of an Indigenous-led education system, kinamaadiwin inaakonigewin enacts Anishinaabe self-determination, and has the potential to bring about cultural resurgence, language revitalization, and a new era of Crown-Indigenous relations in Canada. Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law challenges policy makers to push beyond apologies and performative politics, and to engage in meaningful reconciliation practices by recognizing and affirming the laws that the Anishinaabeg have always used to govern themselves.