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Welcome to Maroon and Mi’kmaq: An International Indigenous Exchange

Maroon and Mi’kmaq: An International Indigenous Exchange will bring several prestigious speakers to Grenfell Campus, Memorial University to participate in an international exchange on Indigenous issues. The symposium will be held in the lecture theatre of Grenfell Campus’s new Arts and Science Extension (AS2026) on November 4th and 5th.

On Monday, November 4th, we will be screening a documentary film, Mountains of Freedom - Jamaica's Struggle Against Slavery. The film provides a look at the history of the Maroons, who are recognized as Indigenous peoples by UNESCO. After the film, Frank Lumsden (visual artist and Colonel of the Charles Town Maroons) will give a presentation titled “Art as an Expression of Culture.” An opportunity for questions and answers will be provided, as well as a refreshment break.

On Tuesday, November 5th, special guests will participate in an international discussion about Maroon and Mi’kmaw histories and issues. The evening will begin with a welcome by Keith Cormier and the Mi’kmaw Drumming Group. Dr. Angela Robinson will also provide a formal welcome to our guests and give a brief talk about the importance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaboration. Dr. Afua Cooper will speak about the origins and history of the Maroons within the context of the Atlantic slave trade, and Col. Lumsden will speak about contemporary Maroon history and issues pertaining to his role as leader of Charles Town - one of four Maroon communities in Jamaica. Chief Mi’sel Joe will speak about the importance of Native spirituality in the context of revival and survival. A panel discussion will follow the talks and the audience is welcome to ask questions and participate in discussion. To view the LIVE webcast click here!

All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served on both evenings. For more details, please see our schedule of events.

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