Lakehead University launches Global Indigenous Speaker Series

 November 30, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University's Office of Indigenous Initiatives, International and the Department of Indigenous Learning have collaborated to host a Virtual Global Indigenous Speaker Series, Imagining Possibilities through Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

Critical issues of our time including climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged the current state of affairs, provoking an inward gaze among our global community on the resiliency and sustainability of our current philosophies, structures and systems.

Indigenous knowledge systems which are relational and well-established can offer alternative approaches to contemporary issues and support the re-imagination of our global future.

This invitational speaker series highlights the theory, research, and practice of international Indigenous scholars, offering students and faculty across disciplines inspiration, creativity and paths forward in uncertain times.

Register and watch previous events here.

Talks include:

  • Watch now - Jorge Cocom Pech (Mayan), Mexico.
  • Watch now - Dr. Wendy Smythe, (Alaska Native Haida) University Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, USA
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 11:30 - 1 pm EST - Dr. Juan Illicachi Guzñay (Kichwa),Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo, Ecuador
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST - Rauna Kuokkanen (Sámi) Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies University of Lapland (Finland) and Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Studies and Political Science University of Toronto.
  • Wednesday, March 3 -  Australia, Charles Darwin University


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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being named Research Infosource's Research University of the Year in our category for the fifth consecutive year (2019); ranked, once again, among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s University Rankings 2021; as well as included in the top half of the Times Higher Education 2020 World University Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit