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Science Borealis

Nov 1, 2018

The last show in our series on Indigenous Futures, we present an interview and public lecture with Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot - UBC Professor, is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band. She shares with us her ideas around the role of Global Indigenous politics in the initiation of a subtle revolution that may change international relations for the better.

Our guest today
Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, UBC Professor, is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, enrolled at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan. In 2018, Sheryl was appointed to the role of Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs, a position within the First Nations House of Learning. She is an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science.

Sheryl is Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics. She holds a Master's Degree from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, with specialties in Foreign Policy and International Affairs as well as Economic and Community Development. She also has fifteen years' volunteer and contract experience with a number of American Indian tribes and community-based organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including nine years as Chair of the Board of the American Indian Policy Center, a research and advocacy group.

Her book, Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution, was published in May 2016 by Routledge Press in their "Worlding Beyond the West" critical international relations book series.

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Music featured in this episode:

  • Intro "R U Well" and "Lay it on me" by Best Fern, "Plans fall through" by Alexia AvinaMusic
  • Think by Lee Rosevere on
  • Various Freesound elements: Dr_skitz's Yay; Shady Dave's Mystical glades piano loop.mp3; Shady Dave's feelings of twilight loop; Ispeakwaves' Wonderful - Calm Beautiful - (thanks for making your sounds free for non-commercial projects like ours!)