An engaging discussion is anticipated Tuesday, at Station 20 West in Saskatoon, when three Indigenous scholars — Kim TallBear, Audra Simpson and Kim Anderson — will be sharing insights on feminism.
The event, Indigenous Feminisms Power Panel, references feminism in the plural.
"Even within those of us who really identified as Indigenous feminists, there are really different histories or genealogies of how we got to here," TallBear, an associate professor in the faculty of native studies at the University of Alberta, explained. "And that's in addition to how it might be seen as different from white women's feminism."
TallBear noted that the examination of the topic has evolved over the last 30 years as Indigenous women have considered their roles and how they are defined.
"[People have been] thinking about the role of women and other people in caretaking their communities," she said. "So the role of feminism, a lot of that, has been about uplifting the whole people — our Indigenous people."
TallBear said that growing up on a reservation in South Dakota and then living in a large city, she found many indigenous women resisted, despite their activism, being called feminists.
"Women do act like feminists," she said. "But there has been this resistance to call oneself a feminist ... because it has been perceived as a white woman thing."
TallBear will also be speaking about the influence of feminism on scientific study and research, among other things.
The event starts at 7 p.m. CST.