Aboriginal TM Hybrid Book Launch

  • November 8, 2022
  • 7:00pm EDT
  • Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave, Ottawa, ON

Aboriginal TM

The Cultural and Economic Politics of Recognition

Jennifer Adese (Author)

Aboriginal™ explores the origins, meaning, and usage of the term “Aboriginal” and its displacement by the word “Indigenous.” More than legal vernacular, the term has had real-world consequences for the people it defined. Adese offers insight into Indigenous-Canada relations and Indigenous identity, authenticity, and agency.

Join Jennifer Adese for the launch of AboriginalTM: The Cultural and Economic Politics of Recognition. This event features a conversation with Geraldine King.

The launch will be hosted live at Octopus Books and also available as a simultaneous livestream. Please register to attend in-person or for the link to the livestream.

AboriginalTM explores the origins, meaning, and usage of the term “Aboriginal” and its displacement by the word “Indigenous,” arguing that the term was a tool used to advance Canada’s cultural and economic assimilatory agenda from 1980 to the mid-2010s. Investigating questions of Indigenous identity, authenticity, and agency, Adese examines discursive spaces and concrete sites where Aboriginality features prominently: the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the “Aboriginal tourism industry,” the Vancouver International Airport, and the 1982 Constitution Act.⁠


Dr. Jennifer Adese (otipemisiwak/Métis) is the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Métis Women, Politics, and Community, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). She is the co-editor of A People and a Nation: New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies (UBC Press), and Indigenous Celebrity (University of Manitoba Press). Her work has also been published in journals such as TOPIA, American Indian Quarterly, SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, MediaTropes, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society (DIES), Public, and appears in select edited anthologies on Indigenous land rights, colonization, art, activism, and resistance.

Geraldine King is Anishinaabe and a member of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek located in the Robinson Superior Treaty area, northwestern Ontario. Geraldine’s research interests include: Anishinaabe erotics, ethics of intimacy, kinship studies, theories of Anishinaabe phenomenologies, eco-erotics and Indigenous pedagogical transformation. Geraldine is a poet, author, writer, and mother.

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