A group of Aboriginal Singers performs on Parliament Hill.

National Aboriginal Day: Hot Topic for June 21

Carleton University experts are available to provide commentary on National Aboriginal Day.

Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is held on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of the nation’s Aboriginal peoples. In 1996, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day.

Jennifer Adese
Assistant Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 4031
Email: jennifer.adese@carleton.ca

Adese (Otipemisiwak/Métis) was raised in the Ohnia:kara (Niagara) region of Southern Ontario. She began at Carleton in the inaugural New Sun Visiting Aboriginal Scholar role, a position she held from September 2012 to August 2013.

Adese has published articles on Métis literatures, representations of Indigeneity by Indigenous peoples and by settler-states, Métis identity and racialization, and on racism and marginalization in the context of creative city policies.

Rodney Nelson
Professor and Co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program

Office: 613-520-2600, ext. 8092
Cell 613-422-1295
Email: Rodney.Nelson@carleton.ca

Nelson is Anishinabe and has extensive experience working in Aboriginal communities, focusing on economic development, partnership agreements, resource revenue sharing, the duty to consult, corporate governance, ethics, strategic planning and risk management.

Katherine A. H. Graham
Professor Emerita with the School of Public Policy and Administration

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 8936
Email: Katherine.Graham@carleton.ca

Graham’s research interests concern Indigenous and northern development policy, urban and local governance and institutional reform in government. Community-based research is an important pillar of her work. She is the founding Coordinator of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples (CUIERIP). Katherine is currently working on youth and community capacity-building in Northwestern Ontario.

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