“Tracing Indigenous feminist love in the archive: Notes from a grandmother’s boarding school records” – Dr. Dory Nason

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series Presents:

Dr. Dory Nason
Senior Instructor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC

“Tracing Indigenous feminist love in the archive:
Notes from a grandmother’s
boarding school records”

September 20, 12-1pm
Room 1099, Buchanan Tower (10th Floor)
1873 East Mall, UBC


All events are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

In this talk, Dr. Nason discusses the confluence of family history, surveillance and resistance found in her grandmother’s boarding school letters and records. In this archive, the gendered nature of settler colonialism is voiced not only by the school officials but also members of her own family. How one writes and speaks to these difficult personal histories in research is a central question Nason explores in this presentation.

dorynasonDr. Dory Nason is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her areas of research include contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and literature. At UBC, Professor Nason teaches Indigenous Literature and Criticism; Indigenous Theory and Research Methods; and Indigenous Feminisms.

Dory Nason joined the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program in August 2008. Dory comes by way of the University of California’s Ethnic Studies Department at Berkeley. Specializing in Indigenous feminism and literature, Dory holds a joint position with the UBC Department of English. In 2013, she was awarded a prestigious Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of her contributions to teaching excellence at UBC.

Dory recently co-edited the volume Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson’s Writings on Native America (Broadview Press, 2016) along with Dr. Margery Fee (UBC English). She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Red Feminist Voices: Native Women’s Activist Literature. She and Dr. Glen Coulthard were also featured contributors to the groundbreaking anthology, The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (ARP Books), which was released to great acclaim in March 2014.