At a well-attended public presentation titled “Identity Politics” at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Mr. Russell, a former Grenfell student, explained the importance of sharing perspectives.
“Part of what we do is take our message on the road. We want to educate not only our own people and communities, but the public about who we are, the struggles we face, and how it all fits into our collective society,” he said.
Mr. Russell was invited to speak at the campus by Grenfell faculty member Dr. Maura Hanrahan, the Grenfell humanities program and Memorial’s Office of Public Engagement.
Mr. Russell spoke about the history of NunatuKavut and its people, aboriginality, the politics of identity, how NunatuKavut people have been treated over the last number of decades, including discussion on land, resources and Muskrat Falls, and “the positive developments of aboriginal government partnership, such as the one we have with Memorial University.”
In addition to delivering the public presentation, earlier in the day Mr. Russell met with Mary Bluechardt, vice-president (Grenfell Campus), the Indigenous Student Caucus, members of the humanities faculty and NunatuKavut students and addressed various classes.