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IFLS Book Club 2016, Volume 1: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

I am very excited to announce that plans are in the works for a monthly IFLS book club starting in January!  The idea is to read and chat about books related to feminism & law. Pretty simple actually.

Our first meeting will take place on January 20, 4:30-6:30pm in Rm 3067. We’ll be talking about the book Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, and are thrilled to have the author joining us via skype!

To keep things comfy and cozy, space in the book club will be limited, with priority given to those who would like to participate in the group throughout the semester (with further books and dates to be determined by the group). If you are interested, please email me at danaphillips@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Here’s a short description of Birdie from the author’s website:


cover of novel
Source: http://www.traceylindberg.ca/

Bernice Meetoos will not be broken.

A big, beautiful Cree woman with a dark secret in her past, Bernice (Birdie) has left her home in northern Alberta to travel to Gibsons, B.C. She is on something of a vision quest, looking for family, for home, for understanding. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat John—Jesse from The Beachcombers—because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Birdie heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers, but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Birdie begins to draw from her dreams the lessons she was never fully taught in life. Part dream quest and part travelogue, Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from tragedy, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. At heart, it is the story of an extraordinary woman who travels to the deepest part of herself to find the strength to face the past and to build a new life.

About the author (from the same website):


photo of Tracey Lindberg
Tracey Lindberg, Photo by Stacy Swanson

is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is an award-winning academic writer and teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at two universities in Canada. She sings the blues loudly, talks quietly and is next in a long line of argumentative Cree women. This is her first novel.




Dr. Tracey Lindberg on the Laws of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation: January 28 at Osgoode

lindberg.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro 1162013 24552 PMA moment when First Nations women are creating mainstream news (see our brief idle no more post here) rather than dealing with being the object of it, it is a pleasure to welcome Dr Tracey Lindberg to Osgoode.

Her faculty home page says she is “…next in a long line of argumentative Cree women.”  She’s visiting Osgoode under the auspices of the Law Arts Culture Symposium (find poster here) to give a talk Monday January 28th (2pm in IKB 2003) entitled Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Laws of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation, Canadian Legal Cognition and the Problem with Paradigms.   Like Osgoode’s newest faculty member Andrée Boisselle, the starting point of Tracey’s work is in the laws of specific indigenous nations/cultures – in her case, the Cree – not Canadian state and constitutional law addressing indigenous peoples and lands.

Tracey Lindberg is Cree-Metis from northern Alberta. She has law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and Harvard University and a doctorate of laws from the University of Ottawa.  She is the recipient of a number of academic scholarships and awards including a doctoral award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Governor General’s Gold Medal at the University of Ottawa.

Her research interests include Indigenous traditional law, anti-colonial theory, critical legal theory, Aboriginal business and economic development, Aboriginal women’s issues, and law and literature.  A grassroots Indigenous rights and Indigenous citizens’ advocate, Dr. Lindberg is particularly interested in working with Indigenous Elders, students and traditionalists in the reinvigoration of Indigenous legal traditions.  Professor Lindberg has also published in literary journals and is a blues singer.

bio from the University of Ottawa website, here.

It’s a pleasure to welcome Dr. Lindberg (Assoc. Professor, Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research Athabasca University Canada Research Chair in Traditional Knowledge, Legal Orders, & Laws) to Osgoode and I anticipate an interesting talk and discussion.