Creole Métisse of French Canada, Me: Symposium in Honour of Sharron Proulx-Turner

Creole Métisse of French Canada, Me:                                                              Symposium in Honour of Sharron Proulx-Turner

Co-Chairs: Aruna Srivastava, Rain Prud’homme-Cranford and Larissa Lai  Organizers: Mikka Jacobsen, Rebecca Geleyn and Larissa Lai

November 23 – 24, 2018

The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing, SS1059, University of Calgary

This symposium honours the work of métisse writer and elder Sharron Proulx-Turner, who passed away last year. Her last book Creole Métisse of French Canada, Me was posthumously released this year by Kegedonce Press. The first publication on the TIA House webzine was, in fact, work Sharron gave us. In her last days, as we sat with her to visit, celebrate her life, hang out and reconnect, especially in those moments when we couldn’t hide our sadness, she promised to haunt us. And indeed, she does. So rather than say Sharron was a storyteller, let us say she is and will always be a storyteller, mentor, friend, aunty, mother, Nokomis, lover, poet, and singer who carries the immense powers of love, healing, story, and community-building in the face of sexual abuse, colonialism, and trauma. This symposium takes up the three themes addressed in the title of her book: creolization/métissage/intersectionality, Métis Nationhood (Red River), and the self. We can understand small métis broadly as the French word for “mixed.” The first panel addresses mixings and intersectionalities. We open to the door to address and honour understandings of mixing and crossing, certainly in sense of “mixed-race” and intersectionality broadly, but also combinations, concatenations, collaborations, and elaborations in their widest sense, through and beyond the complications of the racial. In the second panel we address embodiments, experience, history, culture, and politics as they attach to Métis Nationhood, and specifically Métis cultures and knowledges as connected to the Red River Settlement in what is now known as the province of Manitoba. Certainly, the Red River Resistance is important. This panel is also interested in contemporary Red River stories, communities, diasporas, apocrypha, and more. Finally, through the “Me” of the book’s title, this symposium addresses the body of Sharron Proulx-Turner’s work and life, particularly but not exclusively its autobiographical and biotextual aspects.

Program:

(Preliminary, and subject to change. All events at TIA House unless otherwise specified.)

November 23 Friday

5:30pm: Opening Prayer: Anita Eaglebear

Elder Helpers: Joshua Whitehead and Devonn Drossel

6:00pm: Dinner/Reception

7:00pm: Book Launch:

Readings From Creole Métisse of French Canada, Me

Weyman Chan, Sable Sweetgrass, Fritz Bitz, Barb Horsefall, Alicia Clifford, Liz Howard, Graham Scott Angus, Rain Prud’homme–Cranford, Aruna Srivastava

November 24 Saturday

10am: Intersectionalities

Moderator: Mikka Jacobsen

Jade Mah-Vierling, Sharanpal Ruprai, Joshua Whitehead

Noon: Lunch provided

1:30pm: Métis Nationhood and the Red River

Moderator: Rebecca Geleyn

Yvonne Poitras Pratt, Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Vicki Bouvier (tbc)

3:30pm: Coffee Break and Book Table

4:00pm: Sharron Proulx-Turner Biotext Roundtable

Moderator: Larissa Lai

Aruna Srivastava, Sharanpal Ruprai, Weyman Chan, Sable Sweetgrass

7:00pm: Feast

Catered at Larissa’s

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