By Brian Schultz
A research space dedicated to bringing together scholars and Indigenous communities will open at the University of Manitoba today, part of understanding Indigenous governance and solutions for political decolonization.
The Mamawipawin Open House will highlight the research of Kiera Ladner, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance, and five graduate students. Representatives from Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will join the opening, taking place in Room 405 of the Isbister Building on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.
Given the Cree name Mamawipawin, which roughly means “the space where we gather,” the space is also unique in its architecture: it reflects critical Indigenous teachings about community, individuality, research and life and which respects Indigenous research protocols.
The open house will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.