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FIRST NATIONS INITIATIVE

Background


Over the past years, the AAS Executive Committee and Indigenous colleagues have been discussing how to make the Society more attractive and inclusive for First Nations peoples, in particular First Nations anthropology graduates and students.

As part of an on-going program to re-design the AAS to achieve this goal, we officially launch the First Nations Initiative. We will be carrying through this initiative into future years as an integral part of the AAS as a professional society. This page is a portal for these activities.

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First Nations Initiatives


In 2021, the AAS Executive hosted the annual conference for the first time. This conference included three plenaries of First Nations scholars and anthropologists who challenged the ways we think and act as anthropologists. With permission from the speakers, recordings of these talks are available via the link below. These recordings can act as a resource and interface for future scholars and students and cements the kinds of contributions First Nations anthropologists and thinkers can make to our discipline.

A key part of the initiative is creating a resource of First Nations authors who write within the discipline of anthropology and aligned sub-disciplines. This bibliography, 101 Ways to Disrupt Your Thinking, highlights the diversity of First Nations writing. It is designed to be used to create course reading lists, generate knowledge and discussion, and is a resource for developing reference lists.

AAS2021 Plenary Program


Three plenaries of First Nations scholars and anthropologists who challenged the ways we think and act as anthropologists.

101 Ways to Disrupt Your Thinking


A resource of First Nations authors who write within the discipline of anthropology and aligned sub-disciplines.