IN­DIGE­NOUS SCHOL­AR­SHIP

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

Re School De­cried For As­sign­ing Res­i­den­tial-School Class To White Pro­fes­sor (May 12): As a Cana­dian of Ojibwe, Métis and Euro­pean an­ces­try, along with a PhD spe­cial­iz­ing in Cana­dian mil­i­tary his­tory, I am ap­palled and dis­ap­pointed with the no­tion that only In­dige­nous peo­ple can teach In­dige­nous his­tory. By all ac­counts, with her spe­cial­iza­tion in In­dige­nous his­tory and re­search record, Prof. Martha Walls is em­i­nently qual­i­fied to teach the sub­ject.

To il­lus­trate the ab­sur­dity of this view, re­verse the sit­u­a­tion and ask if it makes sense to sug­gest that I can­not teach or re­search Cana­dian mil­i­tary his­tory be­cause of my In­dige­nous back­ground. Fur­ther­more, the use of the term “set­tler scholar” is not sim­ply de­scrip­tive, but has a pe­jo­ra­tive con­no­ta­tion. Its use should cease im­me­di­ately. Ber­tram C. Frand­sen Ottawa

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