International Women’s Day Lecture March 9: Leanne Simpson “Islands of Decolonial Love”

Happy International Women’s Day! This event comes highly recommended from the IFLS book club, who had the chance to read and listen to Leanne’s lovely stories and songs last week (you can listen free here).

International Women’s Day Lecture
“Islands of Decolonial Love: Exploring Love on Occupied Land” Leanne Simpson

March 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OISE Auditorium, Ground Floor, Accessible Space
252 Bloor Street West (St. George and Bloor)


Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is “a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism.” In 2014, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King, and she was also nominated for a National Magazine Award for her short story “Treaties” published in Geist 90. In 2012, she won Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing From the Margins prize for short fiction. Leanne is the author of three books; Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making and Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is An Honour Song (with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi collective). Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and a member of Alderville First Nation.

This event is open to the public. ASL will be provided.

Sponsors:  Women & Gender Studies Institute; WGSSU; Principal’s Initiative Fund, New College; Adult Education and Community Development Program; Indigenous Education Network; Transformative Learning Centre.

A few IFLS book club members will be meeting up for a casual drink after the event. If you’d like to join, send me an email at   

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