Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change

Join us for the next event in the series Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change. In this presentation University of Alberta doctoral candidate Dale Saddleback will discuss themes of loss, learning from mistakes and mutual respect. 

Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Registration is required.
This event will be simultaneously translated in English and French.

Event description
Measurable impacts of the contact experience in history altered traditional life for all time, as such, so has the way in which Indigenous people now think, do, and are. In short, it means the changes evident over time have to do with loss, arguably beginning with discernment. Historicity implies that the Indigenous oral historians give mutual voice and authorize reciprocally accepted versions of past events. Mutual respect is exemplified with great regard to differences in language and the spoken word knowing that the discovery of Turtle Island by Europeans clearly indicates the true possessors of knowledge of the land. The generations that bore witness to the atrocious behaviours of early settlers refusing such criterions for legitimate and mutually beneficial co-existence failed. My research is about learning from those mistakes and reconciling with Mother Earth and Father Sky. This can be accomplished by and through the sustained ways of thinking doing and being of the Indigenous peoples as exemplified by and through kehteyak (Traditional Life Ceremonial Elders). Options will be presented.

Dale Saddleback, ᑎᐸᐦᐊᒫᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒦᔨᑰᓰᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑫᐧ ᒥᔪᑭᐢᑭᓄᑕᐦᐦᐋᐊᐧᓰᐃᐧᐣ, tipahamâtowin ekwa mîyikôsîwin miyokiskinotahâwasiwin, is a member of the Samson Cree Nation but experienced early life on the Pigeon Lake Indian Reserve #138A. He is currently a University of Alberta doctoral student in Secondary Education with an interest in Indigenous ways as formalized education. As a nehiyaw scholar under the supervision of Professor Dwayne Donald, he aspires to explore the potential of working with kehte-ayak (Elders) in places of higher learning. It is with the aid and guidance of kehte-ayak in specific areas of study that require their feedback, such as, methods and methodology, theory and its relationship with traditional nehiyaw ways of being, inter alia.


The series is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies and the Faculties of Education and of Arts at the University of Ottawa. It is organized in collaboration with the History in Canada: First Peoples’ Perspectives project initiated by the Cégep de l'Outaouais, the Indigenous Affairs and the KitiganZibi First Nation Cultural Education Centre.

Date and time
Nov 10, 2021
All day
Format and location
University of Ottawa
Bilingual: French and English
Faculty and staff
Organized by
Faculty of Education