Module 3


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Overview of Module

In this lesson, panelists challenge prevalent myths and demonstrate the ways in which history impacts present-day realities.

Learning Objectives

You will leave with a recognition of the ways in which our shared history is connected to present realities. Additionally, through a process of deepening your understanding of our shared history, you will recognize some of the myths that you hold onto, why this might be, and how you can challenge them.



Matthew Wildcat

Matthew Wildcat is Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) and grew up in the Plains Cree community of Maskwacis. He is also an Ermineskin Cree Nation member. Matthew holds a B.A. Honours in Native Studies from the University of Alberta and an M.A in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. He is currently a PhD student in Political Science at the University of British Columbia with a focus on the Plains Indigenous political history. In his research, he seeks to understand the impact of settler colonialism on Indigenous political orders and think about how Indigenous peoples can enact meaningful self-determination today.


Heather Dorries

Heather Dorries is of Anishnaabe and European descent. She received an MSc and PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines the role of local planning processes in eroding Indigenous sovereignty and creating conflict over land use and development.


Jana-Rae Yerxa

Jana-Rae Yerxa is Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation within the Treaty #3 Territory and is a graduate from the MA Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria. She continues to be committed and furthering her understanding of Anishinaabeg resurgence through the engagement of land based pedagogies and Anishinaabeg forms of governance as well as deconstructing Indigenous/Settler relations in the contexts of colonization and decolonization.


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