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          The Obligations of Stories:
          Missing Jim Brady and Abbie Halkett

          By Dr. Deanna Reder

          As a literary scholar I’ve learned techniques to read and analyze stories. But I’ve always been taught to use different ways to listen to the stories shared with me by my family—that Cree and Métis stories are not so easy to hammer down, that they ask you to take responsibility for your interpretations, that stories can incur obligations.

          In this lecture I will remember the 1967 unexplained disappearance of Métis leader Jim Brady and Cree councilor Abbie Halkett. I think about the stories I’ve heard and learned about them and think about the responsibilities I hold because I listened.


          Cree-Métis scholar Deanna Reder is the Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies, and an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the understudied archive of Indigenous literary work in Canada up to 1992 (see thepeopleandthetext.ca). She is a founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association, also called ILSA (see Indigenousliterarystudies.org), a co-chair of the Indigenous Voices Awards (see Indigenousvoicesawards.org), and the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 


          Registration Disclaimer

          As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.  

          Venue Accessiblity

          Getting There

          The Segal Graduate School of Business is located at 500 Granville St, and is a brief walk from both the Granville and Waterfront skytrain stations, along with numerous bus stops.

          Parking & Bike Racks

          Limited bike racks are available out front, with others close by. Nearby paid parking is available at 443 Seymour St.

          Wheelchair Accessibility

          All floors within SFU Segal are wheelchair accessible. There are wheelchair accessible washrooms available on the first floor

          Gender-Neutral Washrooms

          Unfortunately, this venue does not have gender-neutral washrooms at this time. However, there are gender-neutral washrooms located on the first floor of SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St), a 4 minute walk away.

          If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.


          Thursday, February 06, 2020

          6:00 PM

          Registration opens at 5:30 PM


          Segal Graduate School of Business
          500 Granville Street, Room 1200

          We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.

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