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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
6:30pm

Becoming Kin

with Patty Krawec
Hosted by Alexis Shotwell

Becoming Kin

with Patty Krawec
Hosted by Alexis Shotwell
19
Wednesday
Oct
6:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
General
$25
$30
Reduced
$20
$25
Patrons
Free
Free
Get Tickets
(door price)
Patty Krawec

We begin the Fall Edition with a conversation between Carleton University’s Alexis Shotwell and Patty Krawec, the cohost of the Medicine for the Resistance podcast and cofounder of the Nii'kinaaganaa Foundation. 

 

Her book, Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future, suggests we find our way forward by going back.

 

Weaving her own story with the story of her ancestors and with the broader themes of creation, replacement, and disappearance, Krawec helps readers see settler colonialism through the eyes of an Indigenous writer. Settler colonialism tried to force us into one particular way of living, but the old ways of kinship can help us imagine a different future. Krawec asks, What would it look like to remember that we are all related? How might we become better relatives to the land, to one another, and to Indigenous movements for solidarity? Braiding together historical, scientific, and cultural analysis, Indigenous ways of knowing, and the vivid threads of communal memory, Krawec crafts a stunning, forceful call to unforget our history.

 

This remarkable sojourn through Native and settler history, myth, identity, and spirituality helps us retrace our steps and pick up what was lost along the way: chances to honor rather than violate treaties, to see the land as a relative rather than a resource, and to unravel the history we have been taught.

 

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person.  

 

Most people coming by car park for free at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington St.

 

Ticket holders unable to attend in person can request access to the livestream. 

 

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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