Closing Keynote

The 2017 AGHS will feature a closing keynote address by Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, Associate Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg. Dr. McCallum’s talk is entitled “Miss Chief: The Obscure History of First Nations Female Suffrage and Leadership.” Dr. McCallum is the author of Indigenous Women, Work, and History, 1940-1980 (University of Manitoba Press, 2014), and her areas of interest include Indigenous-state relations, Indigenous women’s history and modern Indigenous history, especially in the fields of health, education, and labour. She is of Lunaape heritage and a member of the Munsee Delaware Nation.

This event will be held on the sedebatesroomcond day of the conference, Friday, May 12th from 11am-12pm in the Hart House Debates Room. The closing keynote address will be open to the public with no prior registration required. The AGHS Organizing Committee would like to thank Hart House for their generous sponsorship of this event.


Praise for Indigenous Women, Work, and History, 1940-1980

“This book challenges persistent narratives about Aboriginal women in Canadian history, in part by recovering the history of Aboriginal women’s waged work and locating that history within the context of state policies and social discourses of modernity, Aboriginality, race, and gender. In so doing, McCallum challenges the existing scholarship on Aboriginal people’s history and rejects long-standing conventions that have erased Aboriginal people’s labour and ignored women as economic actors and workers.” – Julie Guard, University of Manitoba

“Mary Jane Logan McCallum’s timely and important Indigenous Women, Work, and History uses diligent scholarship to locate Indigenous Canadian women as a living component of their historical period. McCallum moves the conversation away from common narratives of displacement and looks at these women’s lives through the lens of their labour.” – Dave Margoshes, Marina Endicott, and Dora Dueck, Judges, Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, 2015 Manitoba Book Awards

“An important study of history, work, gender, and Indigeneity. By highlighting the understudied issue of Indigenous women’s experience of waged work in the latter half of the twentieth century, and by questioning and critiquing English-Canadian history and its attitude towards Indigenous history and historians, McCallum expands several fields of research and challenges scholars to rethink key aspects of their scholarship and profession.” – Julia Smith, Trent University, The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

Location: Hart House Debates Room

The keynote address will be held in the Hart House Debates Room, located at 7 Hart House Circle, approximately a 10 minute walk from Sidney Smith Hall.