Faculty Club Gold Room, 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA
This lecture focuses on the nation-building strategies that the Mi’kmaw people of Nova Scotia have implemented in the last decade, as First nationalism has increasingly become one of the strongest and most effective expressions – both ideological and practical – of Aboriginal sovereignty and self-determination. Through the cultural, political, economic, and territorial lenses of Mi’kmaw organizations and community leaders, this talk will explore the theoretical concept of contextual nationhood and, more broadly, will reveal the dynamic nature of current Mi’kmaw nation-building efforts, in light of the provincial “break-up” of the Nation which spans across five Canadian provinces and the U.S. state of Maine.
Simone Poliandri is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University, where he teaches courses in Cultural Anthropology and Native American Studies. He has worked with the Mi’kmaw people of the Canadian Maritimes since 2000 on issues of contemporary identity dynamics, resource management, residential schooling, and, most recently, Aboriginal nationhood and nation-building.
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