Distinguished Visiting Indigenous Faculty Fellow, 2019-2020

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

HEIDI KIIWETINEPINESIIK STARK (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-led Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is the co-editor of Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World through Stories with Jill Doerfler and Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and is the co-author of American Indian Politics and the American Political System (3rd and 4th edition) with Dr. David E. Wilkins. She has published articles in journals such as Theory and Event, American Indian Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and Michigan State University Law Review.

Her primary areas of research and teaching are Indigenous law and treaty practices, Aboriginal and Treaty rights, and Indigenous politics in the United States and Canada. Her research background includes collaborative work with Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada. She was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project titled “Sakimay First Nation Governance,” in collaboration with John Borrows which involve students, Anishinaabe Elders, and Sakimay First Nation community members, and aims to advance the development and resurgence of Anishinaabe political structures and institutions that are informed and shaped by Anishinaabe philosophies, values, and teachings.

JHI Project:  Anishinaabe Inaakinogoowin: Governed by Creation

Professor Stark will be a member of the Circle of Fellows at the Jackman Humanities Institute in 2019-2020, when we will be focusing on the annual theme of Strange Weather.  Her research in the coming year will explore Anishinaabe political thought and governance models expressed through relationships with Creation. Indigenous nations have long had to contend with climate change and radical transformation of creation. This project focuses on unearthing Anishinaabe governance principles rooted in Anishinaabe philosophies and values pertaining to relationships with creation that shape and guide how we live with each other and other beings in this world. Building on previous work with Zagime First Nation, this research invokes traditional Anishinaabe knowledge and political principles to build an understanding of Anishinaabe governance and organizational structures that are focused on land management plans, and the development of water and hunting councils.


About this Fellowship

The Distinguished Visiting Indigenous Faculty Fellowship was inaugurated in 2016-2017, with the intention to bring a senior Indigenous scholar into the Circle of Fellows to do research relevant to the year’s theme. The name of this fellowship is transliterated above in the Anishinaabemowin language. Professor Stark will be the fourth person to hold this fellowship; her predecessors include Sherry Farrell Racette, Tracey Lindberg, and Alex Wilson.


For more information

JHI Director, Professor Alison Keith (jhi.director@utoronto.ca) or (416) 978-6085

JHI Annual Themes:  https://humanities.utoronto.ca/about-us


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