Hot Topic: Idle No More and the Prime Minister’s meeting with AFN Chiefs

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) chiefs on Friday Jan. 11, but the hunger strike of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence continues along with protests from Idle No More.

Carleton experts are available to the media this week to discuss issues surrounding this movement, the upcoming meeting and what may result.

Katherine A. H. Graham
Professor, Public Policy and Administration
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 8925
Email: katherine_graham@carleton.ca

Graham’s research interests concern urban and local governance, Aboriginal and northern development policy and institutional reform in government. She is currently examining the federal role in urban policy.

She served as co-research director on governance for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. In recognition of her contributions to Carleton University and to the field of Aboriginal policy, the university established the Katherine Graham Annual Lecture on Aboriginal Policy in 2009.

Frances Abele
Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 2553
Email: frances_abele@carleton.ca

Abele’s research interests include Aboriginal-state relations, Aboriginal economic development, northern political economy, and community development and training. She is a former deputy director of research for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and a research fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Her current research projects include Aboriginal self-government and the federation, sustainable development in northern Canada, including the definition of new public policy options, the northern social economy, federal northern development policy and the further development of northern democracy.

Jane Dickson-Gilmore
Associate Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 3686
Email: jane_dickson-gilmore@carleton.ca

Dickinson-Gilmore specializes in Aboriginal policy with specific expertise in Aboriginal communities and justice, restorative justice and sentencing circles.

Allan Moscovitch
Professor, School of Social Work
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 8918
Email: Allan_Moscovitch@carleton.ca

Moscovitch’s research focuses on Aboriginal people and social welfare, the history of the welfare state in Canada, social administration, particularly the administration of social assistance, federal/provincial relations and social welfare and poverty.

Armand Garnet Ruffo
Professor, Department of English Language and Literature
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 2330
Email: armand_ruffo@carleton.ca

Ruffo’s research focuses on work by indigenous peoples, ranging from examining the oral tradition to contemporary work conceived in the genres of poetry, fiction, drama, and film. He is particularly interested in cultural identity—at local and national levels, voice, tradition and aesthetics in Indigenous literatures. Further interests include examining the complex relationship between Indigenous peoples and the colonizer in terms of representation and power.

Robert Shepherd
Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 2257
Email: Robert_P_Shepare@carleton.ca

Shepard has taught public management courses in areas of public sector management reform, ethics and public governance, federalism and public management and policy and program evaluation.

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