Pre-NAISA Gathering Short Histories: A Workshop for Indigenous Historians, May 5, 2020

The editorial boards of Shekon Neechie and Te Pouhere Korero (, two Indigenous history organizations, are hosting a one-day gathering of Indigenous historians on the 5th of May, 2020. This gathering will be held two days before the start of the 2020 NAISA Gathering, to accommodate NAISA council members and to give folks the opportunity to attend other pre-NAISA events. We are inviting a number of Indigenous historians, graduate students and community historians.

Our goal in calling this meeting is to have an opportunity to practice our craft together – and specifically to speak and write concisely about our histories across Indigenous scholarly history circles. For this reason, we are tentatively calling the meeting “Short Histories.” We are also hoping to use the opportunity to identify and address common and distinct questions among Indigenous historians in Canada, the US, New Zealand and elsewhere. For this reason, participants at the gathering will not need to prepare papers, but simply be prepared to converse and to write about their own work and to actively listen to the work of other Indigenous historians.  We are anticipating the gathering will generate material for the Te Pouhere Korero journal and the Shekon Neechie website, and other publications.

This is an effort by Shekon Neechie and Te Puhere historians to make space specifically for historians who are Indigenous to meet in a supportive environment for networking, mentoring, discussions, and potential collaborations.

The Workshop will be held all day on May 5, 2020 at Waters Lounge at Woodsworth College Residence, University of Toronto, 321 Bloor Street West Toronto. Lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks will be catered by Pow Wow Cafe.

If you are interested in participating, please provide a short 250 word bio and statement about yourself and what project(s) you are working on that you will be speaking to at the one-day event to the following email address: by March 1, 2020.  The Workshop is FREE but spots are limited.

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