This year’s ATLIS conference, “Decolonization: Space, Politics and Knowledge,” will offer engaging presentations encouraging the push back of oppressive, (neo)colonial systems through grassroots knowledge and solidarity building.
This year’s conference will feature a panel discussion composed of Elsipogtog Elder, Noel Milliea, Mount Allison’s Indigenous Affairs Coordinator, Doreen Richard, along with Jenna Gaudet and Emma Hassencahl of the Indigenous Support Group followed by a reception to be held at the President’s house and a house party off campus. The next day will be full of student presentations, followed by a keynote speech presented by Harsha Walia – an activist, organizer and journalist from Vancouver, BC who has been passionately involved with anti-racist, migrant justice, indigenous solidarity, feminist, anti-imperialist and Palestine solidarity movement organizing for over a decade, and has been dubbed ‘one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective political organizers” by Naomi Klein.
You can register online by visiting https://atlismta.org/register2016/. You can also register in person; there will be a table at the library set up during the day on Tuesday, January 26th and Wednesday, January 27th, as well as a Table set up at T&L on Thursday night, and at the panel discussion on Friday. The $10 registration fees will need to be paid in person, and includes lunch and cover for the house party.
The organizers of ATLIS recognize that this conference will be taking place on unceded Mi’kmaq territory, and that our role as settler colonialists is not just to recognize the histories of violence that have allowed us to occupy stolen land, but also to actively work to ease the injustice we are complicit in.