2021 J. V. Clyne Lectures at Green College, UBC, hosted by Michelle Good

Indigenous Resurgence and Colonial Fingerprints in the 21st Century
Hosted for Green College by Michelle Good, author of Five Little Indians (Harper Perennial, 2020), this series brings into sharp focus the structural and systemic colonialism that is slowing but cannot stop the wave of Indigenous resurgence now transforming the Canadian cultural and political landscape. The presenters offer critical perspectives on the challenge of reconciliation and the factors standing in its way.

Michelle Good is of Cree ancestry, a descendent of the Battle River Cree and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation. She has worked with indigenous organizations since she was a teenager and at forty decided to approach that work in a different way obtaining her law degree from UBC at 43. She has practiced law in the public and private sector since then, primarily advocating for Residential School Survivors.

She graduated from UBC with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing MFA in 2014 where her novel Five Little Indians first started taking shape. Her poetry, and short stories have appeared in a number of publications. Her first novel, Five Little Indians was the winner of the 2021 Amazon First Novel Award, the 2021 Kobo Emerging Author Prize, and the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. It has also won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize and her poetry has been included in Best Canadian Poetry in Canada 2016 and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in Canada 2017. She was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Finalist for the Writer's Trust Prize and Finalist for the Evergreen Award.

Michelle Good, author
Online presentations via Zoom

The Critical Role of Residential Schools in the Colonial Toolkit
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, writer
Tuesday, January 19

Treaties: The Terms of Indigenous Permissions
John Borrows, OC, legal scholar and author
Tuesday, February 23

The Media's Failure in Reconciliation and the Importance of Authentic Indigenous Voices in Publishing
Waubgeshig Rice, journalist and author, Wasauksing First Nation
Tuesday, March 9

The Case of Colten Boushie and the Civilian Complaints Review Commission Report
Eleanore Sunchild, co-counsel to the family of Colten Boushie
Tuesday, March 23

From Residential Schools to the Sixties Scoop: A Time of Reckoning
Raven Sinclair, Social Work, University of Regina
Tuesday, September 14

Defining Meaningful Allyship in the Quest for Reconciliation
Jessica McDiarmid, journalist and author
Tuesday, October 12

The Residential Settlement Process with the Honourable Justice Leonard Marchand
Justice Leonard Marchand, Jr., BC Supreme Court
Tuesday, November 2

Michelle Good in Conversation with Shelagh Rogers and Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio; Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, writer
Tuesday, November 9