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Yellowhead Fire

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

Cree & Métis,
Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six)

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will be rescheduled and is no longer happening on November 17, 2023. We understand this may cause inconvenience, and we sincerely apologize for any disruption to your plans. The new date and other relevant details will be communicated shortly! Thank you for your understanding.**

NOVEMBER 16, 2023, 7-9pm |  Toronto Metropolitan University, CUI 317, 44 Gerrard St. & Online

Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships: Nehiyawak Narratives

In this fireside chat, Dr. Shalene Jobin explores the connection between Indigenous culture and economies. Dr. Jobin’s recently published book, Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships: Nehiyawak Narratives (UBC Press, 2023) details the way Indigenous peoples move with and between economic structures imposed by the settler state with a particular focus on prairie Indigenous life and philosophy. This attention to the economic realities faced by Indigenous peoples ensures is attuned to the struggles of both land dispossession and the economic empowerment that can be realized from focusing on Indigenous orientations to economic relationships.

Dr. Shalene Wuttunee Jobin is Vice-President, Academic for First Nations University of Canada. Shalene is Cree from her mother (Wuttunee family) and Métis from her father (Jobin family) and is a member of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six).

Dr. Jobin’s book will be available for purchase for both the in person and virtual audiences.


Dr. Shalene Jobin has published in the edited collections Creating Indigenous Property: Power, Rights, and Relationships (2020), Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place (2016), and Indigenous Identity and Resistance (2010), and in the journals American Indian Quarterly (2011), Revue Geěneěrale de Droit (2013), and Native Studies Review (2016). She has also co-authored in Aboriginal Policy Studies (2012; 2022) and Surviving Canada (2017). She has founded and led two large Indigenous research and teaching programs involving multiple faculty partnerships, and is involved in numerous community-led research projects.

Upcoming Lectures (details TBA)

FEBRUARY 29, 2024 | Location TBA

Indigenous Knowledge Transfer – A Dene Perspective

featuring Deneze Nakeh’ko 
Dene, Liidlii Kue First Nation

MARCH 2024 | Date & Location TBA

Stay Tuned!



Experiences in Community-based Indigenous Education

featuring Shady Hafez

Yellowhead Sparks

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.

Artwork by Abby Riddle

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