Unsettling Religion: Practical Steps to Forward Decolonization

DATE: 23 March, 2022

TIME: 12:30-2:00PM EST

LOCATION: Zoom OR in-person (see below)

The 26th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference is pleased to present “Unsettling Religion: Practical Steps to Forward Decolonization” by Tiawentí:non Canadian, the third event of the ‘Religion and Decoloniality’ series.

This hybrid event will take place in person as well as online. Registration is required for either option. Please visit the following links for registration:

  1. Zoom: https://concordia-ca.zoom
  2. In-Person: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unsettling-religion-practical-steps-to-forward-decolonization-tickets-293170519917

ABSTRACT: The field of Religion has the potential to be a leader in the academic pursuit of decolonization and reconciliation due to its close relationship to both the church and the academy. However, the scarcity of Indigenous voices within the field obstructs real efforts toward Indigenization due to the current limited scope of Indigenous perspectives. This presentation will explore the current limitations of Indigenization within the discipline, and present a relationship-based method for textual interpretation that can be practiced by Indigenous folks and settlers alike. 

A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

SPEAKER BIO: Tiawentí:non Canadian is a turtle clan woman from Kahnawà:ke, Kanien’kehá:ka territory. She earned her MA in Religion and Cultures from Concordia University in 2021, as well as a BA in the History and Philosophy of Religion in 2015. Tiawentí:non is the coordinator of the First Peoples’ Centre at Dawson College in Montreal, where she supports and advocates for Indigenous students’ holistic wellbeing.

ACCESSIBILITY: The event will be conducted in English and will be recorded.

This hybrid event will take place in person as well as online. The live event will take place on the second floor of the FA Annex at Concordia University (corner Mackay/Maisonneuve). Please note that registration is required to join in person.

There are two sets of stairs (approximately 30 steps total) that must be climbed to access the room. Unfortunately, there are no elevators or escalators available to enter the building.

Participants with mobility concerns are encouraged to contact the event coordinators at: agic@concordia.ca

SPONSORS: Concordia University Department of Religions and Cultures, Concordia University Alumni Association