Yellowhead Fire brings together established and emerging scholars, activists, and artists to discuss pressing concerns and issues, exchange ideas, and offer critical Indigenous perspectives on settler colonialism and the reclamation of Indigenous land and “the good life”.
The theme for Yellowhead Fire 2023/2024 is “A Different Kind of Education” with a focus on Indigenous knowledge and education.
Yellowhead Fire hosts four lecture events annually that are free of charge and open to the public. The series is offered in person at Toronto Metropolitan University. It is also available online.
A Different Kind of Education: 2023 / 2024 Schedule
Dehcho & Denesuline Dene, Denendeh
February 29, 2024, 7-9pm | Toronto Metropolitan University, CUI 317, 44 Gerrard St. & Online
Dene Ke K’o: Honouring Creative Fires
Understanding Dene ways of knowing and worldviews. The tactile and kinaesthetic ways of Dene learning requires safe spaces to create opportunities for cultural confidence to grow. Dene pedagogy puts a heavy emphasis on creativity and imagination as survival skills. It is the stories we share that help position ourselves on the lands, waters and climate of the circumpolar world. It also goes a long ways to how we relate to ourselves and one another, through Treaties and opportunities to learn about each other.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dëneze Nakehk’o is Dehcho and Denesuline Dene from Denendeh. He is a strong advocate for Indigenous knowledge systems, particularly Dene ways of knowing. As one of the founding members of Dene Nahjo, he works at encouraging and supporting connections/re-connections to land, language and culture. Dëneze is a public speaker that recognizes and actively confronts the impacts of colonization through Dene methods of decolonization. He has over a decades worth of experience in northern media and communications as a journalist, broadcaster, podcaster and storyteller. Dëneze is originally from Liidlii Kue but now lives and works in Yellowknife
Upcoming Lectures (details TBA)
MARCH 2024 | Date & Location TBA
PAST EVENT | OCTOBER 18, 2023
Experiences in Community-based Indigenous Education
featuring Shady Hafez
Yellowhead Sparks are small-scale events responsive to community interests, topical in nature, and often generated by the themes, topics, and issues explored in the Yellowhead Fire series.
PAST EVENT | Bad Cree X The Big Melt Book Launch
In March 2023, Yellowhead School teamed up with Another Story Bookshop to celebrate the highly-anticipated works of two Nehiyaw writers. Jessica Johns’ debut novel, Bad Cree (2023 Amazon Canada First Novel Finalist), and Emily Riddle’s debut poetry collection, The Big Melt (2023 Winner of Griffin Poetry Prize’s Canadian First Book Prize). This Yellowhead Spark event featured readings, moderated discussion, and a friendly round of bingo.