Release Date: April 21, 2006
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Cree narratives of space
When we think of indigenous peoples, we often think of indigenous attachment to place. The latest installment of the Nourishing Thoughts at the Food Bank lecture series explores Cree narratives from Saskatchewan and Alberta. Neil McLeod, professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada, will address how indigenous narrative memory is grounded by the names of places and people. The lecture will take place Tues., Apr. 25 at 12 p.m. at the Education Centre at the Regina and District Food Bank (425 Winnipeg Street). The talk is open to all and a free lunch will be served.

As the late Native American thinker Vine Deloria noted, indigenous people tend to think in terms of space rather than time. Indigenous narrative memory is grounded by the place names and names of people. According to McLeod, these narratives are highly symbolic and metaphorical, give us maps for living, and provide us with experiences of past generations. Through this living process of weaving collective memories with individual experiences, we are able to stretch the limits of our imagination in an attempt to make sense of the world around us.

McLeod is from the James Smith First Nation in north-central Saskatchewan. In addition to his academic work, he has exhibited his paintings and films throughout Canada and Europe. McLeod is a founding member of the Crow Hop Cafe, a local arts phenomenon in Regina. He also writes skits with the Bionic Bannock Boys comedy group, which has been featured on CBC in Saskatchewan.

The University of Regina is partnering with the Regina and District Food Bank and the First Nations University of Canada to offer Nourishing Thoughts at the Food Bank, a lunchtime lecture series for the general public and participants in the food bank’s educational programs.