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Audra SIMPSON is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She researches and writes about Indigenous and settler society, politics and history. She is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press, 2014), winner of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize, the Laura Romero Prize from the American Studies Association as well as the Sharon Stephens Prize from the American Ethnological Society (2015). She is co-editor of Theorizing Native Studies (Duke University Press, 2014). She has articles in Postcolonial Studies, Theory & EventCultural Anthropology, American Quarterly, Junctures, Law and Contemporary Problems and Wicazo Sa Review. In 2010 she won Columbia University’s School for General Studies “Excellence in Teaching Award.” She is a Kahnawake Mohawk. 

Annette LEE is an astrophysicist, artist and the Director of the Native Skywatchers research and programming initiative. She has over three decades of experience in education as a teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, professional visual artist, and researcher. Designed by Lee, the Native Skywatchers initiative seeks to remember and revitalize indigenous star and earth knowledge, promoting the native voice as the lead voice.

The overarching goal of Native Skywatchers is to communicate the knowledge that indigenous people traditionally practiced a sustainable way of living and sustainable engineering through a living and participatory relationship with the above and below, sky and earth.

Currently Annette is an Associate Professor of Astronomy & Physics at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), Director of the SCSU Planetarium, and Honorary/Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in the Centre for Astrophysics. Annette is mixed-race Lakota and her communities are Ojibwe and D/Lakota.

Kevin O’BRIEN is a practising architect based in Brisbane, Australia. He is a descendent of the Kaurereg and Meriam people of Far North Queensland. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995 with a Bachelor of Architecture, and in 2006 with a Master of Philosophy (Architecture). Between 2006-2017 he lead Kevin O’BRIEN Architects completing public, domestic and arts projects for aboriginal and non-aboriginal clients alike. A number of these projects have been recognised and awarded by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. In 2012 he directed the Finding Country Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale as an independent collateral event, displaying an 8x3m drawing of Brisbane emptied by 50% in order to reveal the form of Country. In 2017 he was appointed Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Sydney where he teaches a program extending this idea. In 2018 he joined national architecture practice BVN as a Principal and is currently working on the Western Sydney Aboriginal Centre of Excellence.

Aimée CRAFT is an Indigenous (Anishinaabe-Métis) lawyer (called to the Bar in 2005) and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Common law, University of Ottawa. Her expertise is in Anishinaabe and Canadian Aboriginal law. She is a leading researcher on Indigenous laws, treaties, and water. CRAFT co-leads a major research grant on Decolonizing Water Governance.

CRAFT's award-winning 2013 book, Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty, focuses on understanding and interpreting treaties from an Anishinaabe inaakonigewin (legal) perspective. In 2016 she was voted one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. Professor CRAFT is the former Director of Research at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the founding Director of Research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. In her decade of legal practice at the Public Interest Law Centre, CRAFT worked with many Indigenous peoples on land, resources, human rights and governance issues.

Tanya LUKIN LINKLATER's performances in museums, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and abroad. Her work centres Indigenous knowledge production in and through orality, conversation and embodied practices, including dance. She considers That which sustains us a conceptual and affective line within her work, alongside histories and structural violences that Indigenous peoples continue to respond to.

In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning, a gathering for documenta14 in Athens and Kassel. In 2018 Tanya will develop a commissioned performance for Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). She is a doctoral student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. In 2018, she was the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund administered by Canadian Art. Tanya originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southwestern Alaska and has lived and worked in northern Ontario for ten years.


Carole Perreault

Bureau de la vice-rectrice associée à l'enseignement et aux programmes autochtones