Our Guest Speaker for our April 27th General Meeting will be Dr. Brittany Luby from the Faculty of History at the University of

Dr. Brittany Luby, Faculty of History, University of Guelph and of Anishnawbe descent will discuss clauses in the “Indian Act “ that create(d) barriers to the development of infrastructure for clean and safe drinking water in First Nations. She will demonstrate this by focusing on Canada’s hydroelectric boom in the Lake of the Woods area following the damning of the Winnipeg River. It brought prosperity to ‘settler” communities but had the inverse outcome for Indigenous communities by flooding wild rice fields, compromising fish populations and contaminating drinking water supplies. Dr. Luby will also discuss the opportunities (and limitations) of Bill C-230, “An Act Respecting the “Development of a National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism, currently before parliament.

Professor Luby is author of “Drowned: Anishinabek Economies and Activism during the Post-War Hydroelectric Boom, 1950 – 1975,” a dissertation funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which she completed at York University. This dissertation was placed into the category for awards. Professor Luby’s critical and creative work can be found in periodicals such as the Canadian Bulletin of Medical HistoryOntario HistoryCanadian Journal of Native StudiesNative Studies ReviewFeathertale ReviewNative Literatures: Generations, and Red Ink Magazine. Professor Luby’s poetry has also appeared in Walk Myself Home.

Education

Ph.D. York University, 2016
M.A. York University, 2008
B.A.H. Queen’s University, 2007
Professional

University of Guelph- Associate Professor (Current)

Laurentian University, Assistant Professor, 2016
Laurentian University, Lecturer, 2013-2016
Native Education College, Vancouver, BC, Instructor, 2010
Research

Indigenous history in North America
Canadian history
Anishinaabe studies
environmental history
industrialization of the Canadian boreal forests and subarctic
industrial water pollution
Indigenous economies and labour
Indigenous health and wellness
Indigenous education
oral history
ethnohistory
Anishinabek pedagogy

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