Keynote Roundtable


We are committed to making our Keynote Roundtable accessible to those who are deaf and hard of hearing. To do so, live transcription will be displayed on a monitor at the event. You can also access the transcription via Google Doc by clicking here: Keynote Panel Live Transcription

The Keynote Roundtable will feature:

Dr. Eve Tuck (Unangax) – Moderator

Eve Tuck earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York in 2008 and is now Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

Tuck’s writing and research is on urban education and Indigenous studies. As a whole, her work focuses on how Indigenous social thought can be engaged to create more fair and just social policy, more meaningful social movements, and when that doesn’t work, robust approaches to decolonization.

Tuck is the author of two recent books, Urban Youth and School Pushout (2012) and Place in Research (co-written with Marcia McKenzie, Routledge, 2015).

She has also co-edited two books, including Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change (co-edited with K. Wayne Yang, 2014), and Land Education (co-edited with Kate McCoy and Marcia McKenzie, 2016).

Tuck is the co-editor of Critical Ethnic Studies, a new journal published by University of Minnesota Press. She is co-editor of a new book series with Routledge, titled Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education.

Tuck is Unangax and is an enrolled member of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Alaska.

Dr. Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw)

Bonita Lawrence is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. She is a founding member of the undergraduate program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity (now Multicultural and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Equity Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of “Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario” (UBC Press, 2012) and “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004).

Vanessa Gray (Anishinaabe)

Vanessa is a 24 year-old Anishinaabe kwe from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located in Canada’s Chemical Valley. Vanessa has been working with community members to bring awareness to the health issues resulting from her reserve’s toxic surroundings. She is an organizer with the group Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP).

Dr. Kyle T. Mays Wabinaw (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe)

Kyle T. Mays is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of urban U.S. history, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Indigenous popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At present, he is working on three books. The first is titled, Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (due out with SUNY Press in 2018). The second book is titled, Indigenous Detroit: Indigeneity, Race, Gender and the Making of a Modern American City (under contract with the University of Washington Press). He is also co-editing an anthology titled, Decolonizing Hip Hop: Blackness and Indigeneity in Hip Hop Culture (under contract with Sense Publishers: Youth, Media, and Culture Series). Dr. Mays writes regularly for public venues, including Indian Country Today Media Network, Native Appropriations, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, and The Native Ninety Percent

Anne Spice (Tlingit)

Anne is a Tlingit member of Kwanlin Dun First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon. She grew up on Treaty 7 territory in Alberta, Canada, and has earned degrees at the University of Lethbridge and Dalhousie University. Anne works with Indigenous peoples resisting resource extraction, and her political and academic interests intersect on the frontlines of Indigenous land defense movements. She is a member of the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective, and she has spent time supporting Indigenous resistance at the Unist’ot’en Camp, on Tahltan territory with the Klabona Keepers, and at Standing Rock. She is researching ways to build networks of solidarity between Indigenous movements against settler colonization and land expropriation. She is especially attentive to the spaces opened by and for queer, trans, non-binary, and two-spirit people as a part of their work for decolonization. She teaches and studies in Lenapehoking (so-called New York City) as a doctoral student in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Matt Chrisler

Matt Chrisler grew up as an uninvited guest on the land of the Yuhaaviatam and Maarayam in what is now called the San Bernardino valley of Southern California. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. He now lives in unceded Lenape territory, where he teaches and works in New York as a PhD student in Anthropology at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York. He is a member of the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective, and an active supporter of front lines in the United States and Canada. He is constantly thinking about the conditions and possible futures for decolonization, especially as Indigenous and Black popular culture intervene in normatively White settler publics.

Matthew’s research examines dynamics of racialization and state power in the 20th and 21st century United States. The focus of his dissertation is how United States education reform nonprofits seek to mobilize privileged youth to redress the contradictions of American democratic ideals and ongoing racial-colonial violence. More broadly, this project focuses on how political subjectivities of “leadership” and relations of care are cultivated as a response to crises in American ideologies of liberal equality, and how they create new terrains of power, agency, and inequality. He has presented preliminary research at conferences and workshops on this topic, using data collected through archival research, media analysis, and brief stints of exploratory fieldwork. In addition, he maintains an ongoing interest in youth politics of decolonization across North America.



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