Dissertation: “`Toronto Has No History!’: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism and Historical Memory in Canada’s Largest City,” Dept. of History, University of Toronto. Supervisor: Cecilia Morgan. https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/26356/1/Freeman_Victoria_J_201011_PhD_thesis.pdf
Major teaching field: Canadian History (40% Aboriginal history). Supervisor: Allan Greer; Minor field: Comparative Indigenous-Settler Relations (Australia, US, New Zealand, Canada), Supervisor: Sylvia Van Kirk (original Ph.D supervisor until her retirement in 2004); Minor field: Colonialism. Supervisor: Ritu Birla.
1979 Honours B.A. University of Toronto
“Indigenous Women, Memory and Power in Toronto, 1960-1990,” a participatory intergenerational oral transmission project on Indigenous women’s activism in Toronto, through First Story Toronto, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Phase One funded by Heritage Canada, Sept 2013-March 2014.
Historical memory, public history, and Toronto’s Indigenous and colonial history. Use of community arts to address same.
Historical research and education through digital media: First Story Toronto smart phone app on the Indigenous history of Toronto, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, August 2012 to present.
Decolonization and reconciliation in Canada; decolonizing history education.
History of disability in Canada, especially with respect to the history of institutionalization for Down Syndrome
SUMMARY OF AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2007-8. Doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto.
2007-8. Margaret S. McCullough Scholarship for Canadian Historical Research.
2006-7. Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
2003-2006. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, 2003 to 2006
Barbara Frum Memorial Award for Canadian Studies, 2003-4
University of Toronto Fellowship, 2002-3
Women’s History Association of Toronto Award, 2002-3.
List of undergradute scholarships and awards available upon request.
2014. Ontario Arts Council, Works in Progress Grant, $12,000
2013. Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve Grant, 2013, through Second Story Press, $1,500
2013. Canada Council, Grant to Writers, $12,000
2013. Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve Grant, through House of Anansi Press, $1,500
2012. Toronto Arts Council, Grant to Writers, $8,000.
2011. Three-week residency at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto (April 4-22, 2011) with director and cast for development of Let Our Ghosts Be Spirits, a play on the Indigenous history of Toronto, based in part on my dissertation research. (In-kind)
2011. Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Arts (for One Spoon Productions theatre project, with director Jani Lauzon).
2010. Toronto Arts Council, Theatre Program (One Spoon Productions theatre project, with Jani Lauzon).
2010. Ontario Arts Council, Theatre Program (One Spoon Productions theatre project with Jani Lauzon).
2009. Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Arts (with Jani Lauzon).
2001, 2002. Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grant.
Shortlisted Finalist, Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, 2001 ($1000)
2001. Toronto Arts Council Grant to Writers
1996. Canada Council “B” Grant for Writers.
1996. Toronto Arts Council Grant to Writers.
1995-97. Nine (9) Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grants (through various publishers)
1986. Canada Council Explorations Grant.
SUMMARY OF PUBLICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS Books Authored………………………………………………1
Articles in Refereed Journals………………………………....5
Articles in Refereed Collections/Conference Proceedings…...8
Public History and other Community Initiatives……………12
Workshops and On-Line Courses..………………..…………8
Performances and Literary Readings (recent)………………..8
Broadcasting and Film/Video………………………….……17
Literary Publications and Productions..……………………..10
Works in Progress………………………..…………….…….4
PUBLICATIONS Books Authored
Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America (McClelland & Stewart, 2000; Steerforth Press (USA), 2002), 535 pages,
American Historical Review
TheGlobe and Mail
The Toronto Star
TheBeaver (now Canada’s History)
Anishinabek News, etc.
Shortlist finalist for the 2000 Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing (awarded $1,000).
Edited Collections and Proceedings
In the Feminine: Women and Words/Les femmes et les mots Conference Proceedings (Edmonton: Longspoon Press, 1986). Co-edited, with Daphne Marlatt, Betsy Warland, and Barbara Pulling.
Women and Words: The Anthology/ Les femmes et les mots, l’Anthologie, (Madiera Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 1984), a bilingual anthology of 79 Canadian women writers. Member of editorial collective.
Articles in Refereed Journals
“In Defense of Reconciliation,” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence,Special Issueon Discourse and Negotiations across the Indigenous / non-Indigenous Divide, eds. Michael Coyle, Karine Gentelet, and Pierre Noreau, 27:1 (January 2014), 213-223.
“What is Active History?” solicited article for special issue of Left History on Active History, 15:1 (Spring 2011), 31-36.
“Toronto Has No History! Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism and Historical Memory in Canada’s Largest City,” Urban History Review, 38, no.2 (Spring 2010), 21-35.
“Attitudes toward Miscegenation in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, 1860-1914” Native Studies Review, 16, no. 1, 2005, 39-66.
Revised article reprinted in Robin Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie Korinek, eds., Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2012), 195-221.
“The Baffin Writers’ Project,” Canadian Literature, A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, published by the University of British Columbia, 124-125 (Spring-Summer 1990), 266-272.
Reprinted in W.H. New, ed., Native Writers and Canadian Writing (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1990).
Articles in Refereed Edited Collections and Conference Proceedings
“Remembering Wendat History in the Toronto Area,” Eonywa’ndiyonhratekwih Chia’Ekwaa’tatehkwih: Wendat et Wyandot d’hier et d’aujourd’hui/
Wendat and Wyandot Then and Now, Proceedings of the first Wendat and Wyandot Studies Conference June 2012, eds. Louis-Jacques Dorais, Jonathan Lainey, Wendake, Quebec: Editions Hannenorak, 2013, 125-147.
“Attitudes toward Miscegenation in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, 1860-1914” revised article reprinted in Robin Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie Korinek, eds., Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2012), 195-221.
“Indigenous Hauntings in Settler Colonial Spaces: The Activism of Indigenous Ancestors in Toronto,” in Phantom Pasts, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in American Culture and History, eds. Colleen Boyd and Coll Thrush, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011, 180-221.
“Turning Point and Reconciliation” in Lynne Davis, ed. Re/Envisioning Relationships: Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Alliances and Coalitions, University of Toronto Press, 2010, 149-157.
“Some Thoughts About Becoming Allies” (with Dorothy Christian) in Lynne Davis, ed. Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relationships, University of Toronto Press, 2010, 376-390.
“Family Matters: Considering My Grandfather’s Involvement in Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School,” Proceedings of the Rupert’s Land Conference, ed. David Malaher, Rupert’s Land Institute, 2004, 303-310.
“Voices of the Parents: The Shoal Lake Anishinabe and Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School 1902-1929,” Native Voices in Research , ed. Jill Oakes (Winnipeg: Native Studies Press, University of Manitoba, 2003), 71-81.
“The Baffin Writers’ Project,” Canadian Literature, A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, published by the University of British Columbia, 124-125 (Spring-Summer 1990), 266-272. Reprinted in W.H. New, ed., Native Writers and Canadian Writing (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1990).
“The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto’s Most Ancient Trail, by Glenn Turner, Ontario History,” forthcoming.
“Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth-Century Canada,” by Donald B. Smith, Canadian Historical Review Vol. 96:3 (Sept. 2015), 435-437.
“When the Other is Me: Native Resistance Discourse 1850-1990,” by Emma Laroque, Canadian Historical Review Vol.92:2 (June 2011), 378-80.
“Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal –White Relations,” by John Lutz, University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 79:1, (Winter 2010), 551-553.
“Indian Women, French Men,” by Susan Sleeper-Smith, Journal of the Early Republic, 23, no.2. (Sept. 2003), 275-277.
Non-Refereed Scholarly Articles, Reports, Blogs
“The Royal Proclamation and Colonial Hocus-Pocus,” Canada Watch (Fall 2013) Toronto: Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University http://robarts.info.yorku.ca/canada-watch, also posted on Active History.ca website.
“Not so distant relations,” Common-place (www.common-place.org ) ed. Jill Lepore, American Antiquarian Society, 3, no. 1 (Oct. 2002).
June 2014. 11th Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators in Social Service and Social Work Programs in Canada (ACESS), Blue Quills First Nation, Alberta. “Pedagogy from the Heart: an Anti-Colonial Experience.”
March 2014. “Second Annual Explorations in Settler-Indigenous Relations and Learning Graduate Symposium,” Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. One of two invited speakers. “Transforming Settler Consciousness.”
August 2009. Centre for Social Justice Summer Retreat, Algonquin Park, Ontario. “Alliance building between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples.”
Feb. 2009. Historian’s Craft Lecture, New Frontiers in Graduate History, York University. “Indigenous Hauntings in Settler Colonial Spaces: The Activism of Indigenous Ancestors in Toronto.”
Oct. 2008. Bakan Nake’ii Ngii-izhi-gakinoo’amaagoomin: We Were Taught Differently: The Indian Residential School Experience, Lake of the Woods Museum, Kenora. One of three featured speakers for an exhibit on the history of local residential schools. “Considering my Grandfather’s Involvement in Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School.”
2005. Meeting of Huron Diocese,Anglican Church of Canada. Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, at the invitation of the the Lenni-Lenape Algonkian Iroquoian Council of the Anglican Church. “Colonialism and Decolonization.”
2001. Annual meeting of Manitoba and Northwestern Ont. Conferences, United Church of Canada, United College, University of Winnipeg. “Seeking Common Ground.”
June 2015. Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association Conference, Concordia University, Montreal. “Becoming Real on Turtle Island: Teaching History Differently.”
June 2015. Canadian Historical Association Conference, Ottawa. "First Story: Toronto’s Indigenous History as Smart Phone App."
June 2015. Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference, Ottawa. Panelist, "Narratives of Separation: Siblings Share About Institutionalization."
May 2015. Critical Ethnic Studies Association. “First Story Toronto,” co-presented with Catherine Tammaro and Phil Coté.
Oct. 2013. Talking About Indigenous Archives Colloquium, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. “First Story Toronto: Accessing the Indigenous Archives of Toronto.”
June 2013. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities, Winnipeg. “First Story: Toronto’s Indigenous History as Smart Phone App.” Presented jointly with Heather Howard-Bobiwash and Jon Johnson.
June 2012. Inaugural Wendat and Wyandot Studies Conference, Wendake, Quebec. “Remembering Wendat History in the Toronto Area.”
April 2012. Comment sortir de colonialisme?/How to Break Out of Colonialism? Final conference of the 5-year inter-university MCRI project on Indigenous Peoples and Governance, Université de Montréal. “In Defense of Reconciliation.”
Feb. 4, 2012. Indigenizing the Academy Symposium, Four Directions Native Students Association, Queen’s University, Kingston. “Teaching Reconciliation.” Presented jointly with Lee Maracle.
May 2011. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Sacramento, California. “Teaching Reconciliation: The Place and Power of Indigenous Pedagogy.” Presented jointly with Lee Maracle.
May 2010. Canadian Historical Association, Concordia University, Montreal. “Toronto Has No History!’ Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism and Historical Memory in Canada’s Largest City.”
June 13, 2008. Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Minneapolis. MN. “Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Gender in Toronto Family Memories.”
2007. Canadian Historical Association, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. “People Without History/ A City Without Roots: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Historical Memory in Toronto.”
2007. Indigeneities and Cosmopolitanisms, Canadian Anthropology Society and Society of American Ethnologists, University of Toronto. “People Without History/ A City Without Roots: Indigeneity, Cosmopolitanism and Historical Memory in Toronto.”
2006. Re-Envisioning Relationships: Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Alliances and Coalitions for Indigenous Rights, Social and Environmental Justice, Trent University, Peterborough. “Some Thoughts About Becoming Allies.”
2006. Re-Envisioning Relationships: Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Alliances and Coalitions for Indigenous Rights, Social and Environmental Justice, Trent University, Peterborough. “Turning Point Web Site and the Reconciliation Movement in Canada.”
2005. American Society for Ethnohistory annual meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“Family History, Historical Consciousness and Settler Colonialism in Southern Ontario.”
2004. Wanapitei Colloquium, Temagami, sponsored by Trent and Carleton Universities. “Turning Point: Native Peoples and Newcomers On-Line.”
2004. Rupert’s Land Colloquium, “Family Matters: Considering My Grandfather’s Involvement in Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School,” Kenora, Ontario.
2003. Natives and Newcomers: A Comparative Perspective, University of Saskatchewan. “Discourses of Miscegenation in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, 1860-1914.”
May 2014. Berkshire Conference of Women’s History, University of Toronto. Round table discussion: “Indigenous Women, Memory, and Power in Toronto, 1960-1990”, with members of the Indigenous Women, Memory, and Power project, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
Oct. 2013. Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto. Round Table discussion: the Royal Proclamation of 1763. “The Royal Proclamation and Colonial Hocus Pocus.”
Oct. 2013. Workshop on Indigenous Perspectives on the Royal Proclamation of 1763, University of Manitoba. Round table discussion: Royal Proclamation of 1763. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg. “The Royal Proclamation and Colonial Hocus Pocus.”
May 2011. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Sacramento, CA. Round Table on Phantom Pasts, Indigenous Presence: Talking About Native Ghosts.
June 2010. Canadian Historical Association, Concordia University, Montreal. Round table discussion: Reconciliation. “History and Community-Based Reconciliation Processes: Reconciling Historical Discourses and Practices Inside and Outside of the Academy.”
Oct. 2009. Historian’s Craft Lecture, York University, Toronto. Round Table Discussion: Hands on History: Keeping History Relevant.
PUBLIC TALKS, RESEARCH SEMINARS AND SPEAKERS’ SERIES
Sept. 2015. Jumblies Theatre, Musica Reflecta, and Canadian Music Centre, Ignite! Composing Communities Workshop. “Toronto’s Indigenous History.”
June 2015. National Aboriginal Day Ontario Public Service Celebration, Mowat Block, Toronto. “First Story Toronto.”
Feb. 2015. Jumblies Theatre, Toronto. “Toronto’s Indigenous and Colonial Pasts.”
Jan. 2015. History Matters Series. Toronto Public Library, Spadina Branch. “Remembering Toronto’s Indigenous and Colonial Pasts.”
Nov. 2014. Curating in the Haze of Empires, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Toronto. “Becoming Real on Turtle Island.”
Sept. 2014. Discover First Nations History: New Perspectives on Community Building and Cultural Exchange, North York Central Library. “First Story, A Knife and a Cradle: Remembering North York’s Indigenous History.”
June 2014. Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs Negotiations and Reconciliation Division Divisional Day mini-conference, Evergreen Brick Works, June 25, 2014. “Indigenous history on the Don.”
April 2014. Ontario Archaeological Society, Toronto Chapter, University of Toronto. “First Story and Archaeology.”
March 2014. Toronto is Trending: Apps, Social Media and Virtual Reality, sponsored by University College Canadian Studies Program and City of Toronto Historic Sites, University College, University of Toronto. “The First Story smart phone app.”
March 2014. What Does Reconciliation Mean to You? Massey College, University of Toronto.
March 2013. “Niigaan” Teach-In, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, March 9, 2013.
August 2012. Planet Indigenous Festival, Fort York, Toronto. Introductory speaker and discussant for screening of “It’s About Time,” second episode of CBC TV series Eighth Fire, on reconciliation.
Sept. 2011. Revitalizing Reconciliation in Ontario, an event co-sponsored by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Vice-Regal Chambers, Ontario Legislature. Panelist: “Revitalizing Reconciliation.”
2010. People’s Summit, Ryerson University, Toronto. Panelist: “Decolonizing the Heart.”
2007. Writing New Histories of Indigeneity and Imperialism, 4-day Graduate Seminar, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Participant.
2007. Fellows Seminar, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto. “Indigenous History, Revealed Knowledge, and the Politics of Recognition.”
2007. Methodology Lab, Dept. of History, University of Toronto. “Indigenous Knowledges, Research Methodologies and Indigenous History.”
2005. Decolonizing History Seminar Series, Department of History, University of Toronto. “Attitudes toward Miscegenation in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, 1860-1914.”
2005. Aanjiiwendamin: Cross-cultural Dialogue on Aboriginal Issues, Centre for Social Justice, Native Canadian Centre. Panelist.
2004. Faculty of Forestry noon-hour lecture series, University of Toronto, at invitation of Prof. Sandy Smith. “Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Relations.”
2003. Human Security through Conflict Resolution, Initiatives of Change, Caux, Switzerland. Presenter in plenary session and workshop, with Dorothy Christian (Okanagan-Secwepemc) on “Understanding the Other.”
2002. Aboriginal Awareness and Education for Church Leadership, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. Presented jointly with Mary Alice Smith. “Turning Point Web-site as an Educational Resource.”
2002. Early Canada and Colonial North America Seminar Series, University of Toronto. “Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America.”
2001. St. Lawrence Centre Community Forums, Toronto. Panelist: “The Circle Comes Around: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Relations.”
2001. NATCON conference of community planners and guidance counselors, Ottawa. Presenter, with Dr. Susan Dion (now professor of Education, York University), “Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal: Narratives of Relationship, History, and Healing.”
2001. Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants, Oakville. “Religion, War and Terror: A Seventeenth-Century Version.”
2000. NeChee Friendship Centre, Kenora Race Relations Committee and Kenora Anishinaabe-Kweg Aboriginal Women’s Association, Kenora. “A Kenora Conversation with Victoria Freeman.”
PUBLIC HISTORY AND OTHER COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
Sept. 2015. Ignite! Experimental Open House and Presentation, a collaboration between Jumblies Theatre, Musica Reflecta, and the Canadian Music Centre, that brought 6 composers and over 20 musicians, dancers, visual artists, and actors together for one day to create and performed six site-specific aural/theatrical compositions that were developed in response to my presentation on the Indigenous history of Toronto. Historical presenter and participating artist.
2015. Talking Toronto Treaties. One of principal organizers of Talking Toronto Treaties, an ongoing partnership activity involving First Story Toronto, Jumblies Theatre, and George Brown College. I supervised and mentored two Indigenous graduate students as historical treaty researchers, acquainting them with Toronto treaty historiography and arranging for them to interview historical scholars, community historians, and members of the Mississaugas of the New Credit about the various treaties that underpin Indigenous-settler and inter-Indigenous relations in the Toronto area for a video, public speaking, and postings for the First story app. I also worked with Jumblies Theatre on various stages of their four-part Talking Treaties audio installation, curated by Ange Loft, and was a speaker and organizer of the Talking Treaties event on June 26, at the George Front Waterfront Campus, which featured Indigenous knowledge keepers, singers, the Talking Treaties audio installation, and the Jumblies-commissioned cantata Underneath: A Cityplace Cantata.
2015. First Story Toronto and the Pan-Am Path. One of principle organizers of Zone 6 (DowntownWaterfront) of the Pan-Am Path, a legacy project of the 2015 Pan Am Games, planned for June 20-26 (upcoming). Project hosted by First Story Toronto (formerly Toronto Native Community History Project), Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Activities include walking and bike tours and community arts activities focused on Indigenous history along the waterfront; a one-day event focused on Toronto treaty awareness; restoration of historical place names; and Indigenous ceremonies (water ceremony, strawberry festival) that rework traditional ceremonies to address modern concerns. In partnership with Fort York, Mural Routes, Jumblies Theatre, George Brown College’s Sahkitcheway Centre, Jane’s Walks, the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Centre for Community Mapping, and other organizations. Funded by Pan-Am Path and Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.
2015. Train of Thought. Jumblies Theatre. Gave presentation on the history of Anicinabe Park, Kenora, at Anicinabe Park, Kenora and the Indigenous history of Toronto, in Winnipeg to participating and visiting artists.
Sept.2013-March 2014. Indigenous Women, Memory and Power in Toronto, 1960-1990, First Story Toronto. Researcher and member of working group bringing elder women activists and young women together for community sharing circles to document the activism and community-building of Indigenous women in the city in the Red Power period. First phase September 2013-March 2014, funded by Heritage Canada.
2012- present. First Story smart phone app on the Indigenous history of Toronto, Historical consultant, co-developer, and contributor to with First Story Toronto and the Centre for Community Mapping, funded by COMAP and Miziwebiik.
2013. Toronto Seder, a reworked Jewish Seder ceremony incorporating the Indigenous history of Toronto. Co-wrote, with Ruth Howard, artistic director of Jumblies Theatre; project funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
2012-13. Nagamosong-writing workshops, which focused on the Indigenous history of Toronto, with First Nations singers Rosary Spence and Marie Gaudet, as well as Ruth Howard, for a Scarborough youth group, 3 Tamil seniors groups, and Scarborough Native Child and Family Services. Hosted by Jumblies Theatre. Historical consultant and singer.
2011. LetOur Ghosts Be Spirits, a play on the Indigenous history of Toronto. Workshop performance April 22, 2011 at The Theatre Centre, Historical consultant and co-writer with Indigenous theatre artists Jani Lauzon and Penny Couchie. Produced by One Spoon Productions.
2001-2012. Turning Point: Native Peoples and Newcomers On-Line (www.turning-point.ca), a volunteer-run web site facilitating dialogue and information sharing between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Included discussion on history, land claims, indigenous governance, spirituality, cultural appropriation, environmental issues, social action, and education. Founder and co-coordinator.
1993. Beyond Survival: The Waking Dreamer Ends the Silence, an international gathering of Indigenous artists, writers, and performers, co-sponsored by the En’Owkin International School of Writing, the Canadian Native Arts Foundation, and the Museum of Civilization, held at the Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, April 16-18, 1993. Member of Steering Committee.
1988-1991. Baffin Island Writers’ Project, which promoted writing and publishing in Inuktitut or from an Inuit perspective; published Kivioq, an Inuit circumpolar literary magazine; and brought writers (especially First Nations and Inuit writers) into Nunavut schools and communities. Cofounder and fundraiser.
Workshops and On-Line Courses
May 2015. ACI Manitoba Community Arts Conference, as part of Train of Thought, organized by Jumblies Theatre. “Community History and Community Arts,” a two-hour workshop co-facilitated with Ruth Howard and Ange Loft.
July 2014. Skills for Solidarity, Module Two: “Our Shared History.” An online, introductory program about the shared history between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and ways to renew the relationship between them. The program consists of five online panels that participants watch at their own pace, along with supplementary workbooks to deepen their learning. Presenter. http://www.leadnow.ca/skills-for-solidarity.
2013. Jumblies Theatre. “Finding Common Ground,” a five-session workshop for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, co-facilitated with Sto:lo writer and traditional teacher Lee Maracle, Jumblies Theatre.
2012. Initial Teacher Education Program, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, “Decolonizing Within,” one-day workshop co-facilitated with traditional teacher Lee Maracle.
2012. Canadian Roots Exchange, “Decolonizing Within,” two-day workshop for 20 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from across Canada. Co-facilitated with traditional teacher Lee Maracle.
2012. The Meeting Place: Truth and Reconciliation Toronto 2012, a regional gathering of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, hosted by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. “Decolonizing Within,” two-hour workshop co-facilitated with Lee Maracle.
2012. Transforming the Dialogue: Essential Conversations for Building Indigenous Cultural Competency in Health and Education, Vancouver, BC, Provincial Health Services Authority. “Decolonizing Within,” two hour workshop co-facilitated with Lee Maracle.
2007. Interfaith Summer Institute of Justice, Peace and Social Movements, Simon Fraser University. “Can you love the land like I do?” a one-week course on Native/non-Native alliance-building, co-faciliated with Okanagan/Secwepemc filmmaker and activist Dorothy Christian.
PERFORMANCES AND LITERARY READINGS (recent)
2015. Ignite! Experimental Open House and Presentation. A collaboration between Jumblies Theatre, Musica Reflecta, and the Canadian Music Centre that created and performed six site-specific aural/theatrical compositions sparked by the Indigenous history of Toronto, performed September 13, Canadian Music Centre, Toronto. Presenter, and participating artist/creator/performer.
2015. Train of Thought, a counter-colonial voyage [across Canada] to collect and share stories, buried histories and imagined landscapes of the land where we live: as it might have been, as it is, as it could be: drawing on perception, memory, history and imagination; merging whimsy and serious intent, bringing together artists and community members, the land’s first people and all those who have found refuge here over the years and generations.” Jumblies Theatre. Participating artist, Winnipeg, Kenora, Thunder Bay, White River, Sudbury, Toronto May 22-27, June 10.
2015. Belongingness, a theatrical/dance performance by Sol Express. Toronto, Papermill Theatre. Dancer and clown, April 11.
2014. Stand Up, Stand Out, Restless Precinct Installation and Performance Series, Guildwood Park. Spoken word performance on Dr. Oronhyatekha, a 19thcentury Mohawk Torontonian, June 15.
2013. Torn, a theatrical performance by Sol Express, Toronto, Todmorden Papermill Theatre. Dancer and actor, June 19-20.
2013. Lost and Found Residency, Jumblies Theatre, Cedar Ridge Creative Arts Centre. Poetry reading, May 22, 30.
2009. Tertullia Reading Series: No Amnesia, Bread and Circuses, Toronto. Literary reading with Lee Maracle and Marlene Nourbese Philip, May 26.
2004. Distant Relations, Greenwood Centre for Living History, Hudson, Quebec. Literary reading.
BROADCASTING/FILM/ MEDIA INTERVIEWS
2015. “What does it mean to be a Toronto treaty person?” Interviewed by Christina Turner for article on Talking Toronto Treaties event, published on Rabble.ca, July 3, 2015.
2014. “Colonial Skeletons,” interviewed by Espe Currie, This Magazine, Sept/Oct 2014, 44.
2013. Reflection on Meanings of Reconciliation, radio documentary produced byJocelyn Formsma and Ana Collins,CHUO-FM, Ottawa. Resonating Reconciliation Project, National Campus and Community Radio Association. http://ncra.ca/resonating/documentaries . Excerpts from my speech at Niigaan Teach-In.
2013. Interview in Saskatoon Star Phoenix about First Story smart phone app, with Heather Howard, reprinted in Dallas Star. May
2011. 17-minute interview for 8th Fire, a CBC Television four-part documentary series on reconciliation in Canada, posted on CBC website: http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/8thfire/2011/11/victoria-freeman.html.
2009. Interviewed on CIUT FM regarding my dissertation research on the Indigenous history of Toronto.
2003. Article about my reconciliation work published in Fall 2003 issue of For a Change, the international magazine of Initiatives of Change, published in Britain.
2002. Featured guest on Contact, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s national phone-in show, on theme “Does White Guilt Help Anyone?”
2001. This Morning, CBC Radio. Interviewed by Shelagh Rogers.
2001. Buffalo Tracks, Aboriginal People’s Television Network. Interview.
2001. Canada AM , CTV. Interview.
2001. Michael Coren Live, CTS Television. Interview.
2001. Ontario Today, CBC Radio. Interview.
2001. Interviews on numerous local radio stations, Winnipeg and Ottawa.
1999. Skylight (newsmagazine program), Vision TV. Interviewed in “Walking the Talk,” a Gemini award-winning 8-minute documentary on Native/ non-Native relations, aired October 8.
1999. Skylight, Vision TV. Distant Relations, my then forthcoming book, was the subject of “All My Relations” a 9-minute documentary, aired October 7.
1994. At the Still Point, by Raj Rajasunderam, 10-minute video, aired onVision TV. Co-directed.
LITERARY PUBLICATIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
Poem “Fish Refuse Coming into the River” included in libretto of Underneath: A Cityplace Cantata, commissioned by Jumblies Theatre. Music composed by Martin van de Ven, with original songs by Rosary Spence. Performed June 26, 2015, George Brown Waterfront Campus, and June 10 and March 28, 2015 at The Ground Floor, Jumblies Theatre.
Stand Up, Stand Out, chapbook and spoken word performance on Dr. Oronhyatekha, a 19th century Mohawk Torontonian, Restless Precinct Installation and Performance Series, Guildwood Park, June 15, 2014.
Torn, theatre performance, Sol Express Theatre, Toronto, June 19-20, 2013, Todmorden Papermill Theatre, co-writer and choreographer
Historical consultant and writer, LetOur Ghosts Be Spirits, a play on the Indigenous history of Toronto, workshop performance at The Theatre Centre, April 22, 2011, co-created with Indigenous theatre artists Jani Lauzon and Penny Couchie. Produced by One Spoon Productions .
“Mama Nature,” Imagining Women (Toronto: Women’s Press, 1988) and Plural Desires (Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1995). Recorded on Free Yourself, Free Us All (Maya Music, 1988).
“Mysteries of the Flesh: Ten Clues, A Rhyme, and a Riddle,” Fireweed, Issue 21 (Summer/Fall 1985), 52-57.
Six Dreams, workshop production, A Space “Page to Stage” Theatre Project, 1990.
Co-editor, Room of One’s Own, quarterly feminist literary journal, 1981-84.
PUBLICATIONS – JOURNALISM Numerous articles and book reviews published in Vancouver Sun, Quill & Quire, University Affairs, Interface, Fuse, Matrix, paragraph, Southern Africa Report, Kinesis, etc. 1980-1995. Further details available upon request.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Martha Matters, a memoir about growing up with a sister with Down Syndrome who was institutionalized in the 1960s and 1970s. 400 page manuscript.
“Indigenous Women, Memory, and Power: Igniting and Restoring an Oratorical Continuum Across Generations,” submitted solicited article with Heather Howard, Pauline Shirt, Krystine Abel and Latisha “Cairo” Reddick, for anthology on Indigenous women’s history, edited by Mary Jane McCallum and Susan Hill.
Updating and revising my dissertation on the historical memory of the Indigenous and colonial past of Toronto, for submission to a scholarly publisher.
“First Story: Toronto’s Indigenous History as Smart Phone App,” with Heather Howard and Jon Johnson.
SUMMARY OF ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE Teaching
Teaching Assistantships…………………….2 full-year, 1 half term
Research Assistantships…………………...1 (1 term) Other Academic Employment Academic Service
TEACHING Course Director/Instructor
2015-16 HIST 4580 6.0 Cultures and Colonialism in Canada, 1600-1900, Dept. of History, York University. Fourth-year seminar course capped at 18 students, three hours of seminar discussion per week.
2012-15 HIST 3546 6.0, History of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Dept. of History, York University. Third-year lecture course capped at 50 students, three hours of lecture and discussion per week. (Three times)
2014-16 CDNS4622 Critical Perspectives on Canadian Issues/Perspectives critiques sur le Canada: Les Premières nations et la nation canadiennes : Decolonizing Canada/Décoloniser le Canada, Canadian Studies Program, Glendon College. Fourth-year bilingual seminar course, 8 students, two hours per week (2014-15); three hours per week (2015-16).
Winter 2014 CDNS4622 Critical Perspectives on Canadian Issues/Perspectives critiques sur le Canada: Les Premières nations et la nation canadiennes : questions en études autochtones/ First Nations and the Canadian Nation : Topics in Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies Program, Glendon College. Fourth-year bilingual seminar course, 4 students, two hours per week. (Winter term only)
2010- 2012 ABS 360Y1, The Politics and Process of Reconciliation in Canada, Aboriginal Studies Program, University of Toronto, . Third-year course, capped at 25 students, two hours of lecture and discussion per week. Course was co-taught and co-developed with First Nations House elder Lee Maracle, using Indigenous pedagogies. (Twice)
Spring 2006 HIS369H5F Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes, 1500-1815, Historical Studies, University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM),. Third-year lecture course, 30 students, four hours of lecture per week. Cross-listed with Aboriginal Studies Program.
Senior Student Supervisions Summer 2014 HIST 4100 3.0, Independent Study, History Dept., Glendon College, York University. Supervised student researching Metis history in the Toronto area, in collaboration with Metis Nation of Ontario and First Story Toronto.
Winter 2012 ABS 497H1 Independent Research, Aboriginal Studies Program, University of Toronto. Supervised fourth-year Aboriginal Studies and Political Science student in independent research on comparative Indigenous governance and intergovernmental relations (Australia, New Zealand, Canada).
Teaching Assistant Nov.-Dec. 2010. HIS 369H1F, Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes, 1500-1815, Third-year course, University of Toronto Dept. of History, 55 students, two hours of lecture a week. Gave final lecture on Indigenous history of Toronto and marked exams for instructor on maternity leave. Cross-listed with Aboriginal Studies Program.
2008-2009 HIS 106Y Making the Americas: 1492-1802, University of Toronto History Dept. Enrollment: 170. Course supervisor: Gwen Rice. Led three tutorials, marked essays, mid-term, and final exam. Gave one lecture on the Hurons and New France. Cross-listed with Aboriginal Studies Program.
2004-2005 HIS262Y, History of Canada, University of Toronto at Mississauga. Enrollment: 150+. Course supervisor: Jan Noel. Led two tutorials, marked essays and final exam; gave one lecture on “Canada as a Settler Colony.”
Oct. 2, 2015. GL/HIST 4310 6.0 (FR) Histoire vivante : créer l’histoire du grand Toronto, at invitation of Prof. Audrey Pyée, Dept. of History, Glendon College, York University. “First Story Toronto and Toronto’s Indigenous and Colonial Pasts.” (Upcoming)
Feb. 2015. ES/ENVS 6152 Reshaping Research with Aboriginal Peoples, at invitation of Prof. Martha Stiegman, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. “Researching Toronto’s Indigenous and Colonial Pasts.”
Nov. 2014. BIG 102YBig Ideas: The Internet: Saving Civilization or Trashing the Planet, at invitation of Prof. Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto. “First Story Toronto,” presented jointly with Jill Carter.
March 2014. INDG 4050H Alliances: Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relationships for Justice, Indigenous Studies, Trent University, at invitation of Prof. Lynne Davis. “First Story Toronto,” presented jointly with Karyne Belanger.
Sept. 2013. GL/CDNS/SOSC 4622 , Critical Perspectives on Canadian Issues/Perspectives critiques sur le Canada, Glendon College, York University, at invitation of course director Dan Rueck. “Toronto’s Indigenous History.”
March 2012. HIS 366H1S Aboriginal History of the Great Lakes from 1815 to the Present, Dept. of History, University of Toronto, at invitation of lecturer Alison Norman. “Reconciliation.”
Feb. 2011. SES2999H Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education: Centering Indigenous-Settler Solidarity in Theory and Research, Sociology and Equity Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at invitation of Prof. Martin Cannon. “Education for Decolonization and Reconciliation.”
2010. HIS369H1F, Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes, 1500-1814, Dept. of History, University of Toronto, at invitation of lecturer Alison Norman. “The Indigenous History of Toronto.”
2009. RE 449U Religion and Colonialism in Canada, Religion and Culture Program, Wilfrid Laurier University, at invitation of Prof. Sarah King. “Distant Relations, Decolonization, and Reconciliation.”
2005. ENG 254 Contemporary Native North American Literature, University of Toronto, at invitation of Prof. Simon Ortiz, “Writing Distant Relations.”
2005. JFP450H1 First Nations Issues in Health and Healing, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, at invitation of instructors David Burman and Traditional Teacher Marc Criger. “Distant Relations, Decolonization, and Healing.”
2005. SWP 435 Aboriginal Approaches to Social Work, Faculty of Social Work, Ryerson University, at invitation of Prof. Cindy Baskin. “Building Alliances between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Peoples.”
2001. EDUC 5904V/5225 (de)Colonizing Research Methodologies, Faculty of Education, York University, at invitation of Prof. Celia Haig-Brown. “Researching Distant Relations.”
2001. First year Political Science Class, Lakehead University, at invitation of Prof. Doug West. “Distant Relations.”
2000. Native Studies Graduate Seminar, University of Manitoba, at invitation of Prof. Jill Oakes. “Considering My Grandfather’s Involvement in Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School.”
Winter 2003. Dept. of History, University of Toronto. Assisted with organizing of Questions in Postcolonial Studies research group. Supervisors: Ritu Birlu and Malavika Kasturi.
OTHER ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT 2009 – 2012. Coordinating Director, University of Toronto Initiative on Indigenous Governance, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto. (Half-time).
Facilitated development of university-First Nations partnership initiatives for community-based research and education/training that furthered Indigenous nation rebuilding and the indigenization of university curricula. Community partners included the Anishinabek Nation (representing 39 First Nations communities in Ontario), the National Centre for First Nations Governance (president, Herb George), and Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Participating academic units included: Faculty of Arts and Science (Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, Aboriginal Studies Program, School of Public Policy and Governance, Centre for Ethics, Departments of History, Political Science, etc.); Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Work, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Faculty of Medicine, and Rotman School of Management.
The Meeting Place: Truth and Reconciliation Toronto 2012, a major community-based regional truth and reconciliation conference supported by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto. A collaboration between Toronto Council Fire; Toronto Living into Right Relations Circle, United Church of Canada; Canadian Roots Exchange; and the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto. May 31-June 2, 2012. Represented University of Toronto as partnering organization in core organizing group.
“Who Are the Haudenosaunee? Hear it from their own Perspective!” A one-day symposium at the University of Toronto, organized in collaboration with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, March 2, 2012.
Looking to the Future through the Eyes of Today, an Indigenous youth gathering focused on leadership and governance for youth 15 – 30 years of age, with a particular focus on water. University of Toronto, January 14-15, 2012. Co-organized, with the Native Students Association of the University of Toronto.
Reconciliation in Ontario Symposium, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, a joint project of the National Centre for First Nations Governance and the University of Toronto Initiative on Indigenous Governance, bringing together First Nations leaders, youth, government and business leaders, academics and students, Speakers included Hon. David C. Onley, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario; Hon. David Peterson, former premier of Ontario and Chancellor of the University of Toronto; Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair Murray Sinclair, Grand Chief Diane Kelly of Grand Council of Treaty 3, Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chief Allen MacNaughton, Regional Chief Angus Toulouse of Chiefs of Ontario, and Herb George, President, National Centre for First Nations Governance. Feb. 8-10, 2011. Conference organizer and Master of Ceremonies.
Inclusion and Representation in Anishinabek Self-Government , jointly funded and organized through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council MCRI project on Indigenous Peoples and Governance, (MCRI lead institution: Université de Montréal; conference lead organizer, Prof. Melissa Williams) and the Anishinabek Nation. Held at Nipissing First Nation, January 21-22, 2011. Speakers included leading scholars John Borrows, Darlene Johnston, Val Napoleon, Peter Russell, Basil Johnston, Mary Eberts, etc. Brokered partnership and was member of organizing committee.
Group on Indigenous Governance (GIG), a University of Toronto-based interdisciplinary network of researchers on Indigenous governance, 2009 – 2012. Organized 16 seminars, with speakers from York, Queens, Trent, U of T. Co-coordinated with Sami scholar Rauna Kuokannen.
2008-9. Coordinator, University of Toronto Initiative on Indigenous Governance, Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto.
Helped to establish Governance Initiative, worked with inter-faculty coordinating committee to secure administrative support and funding and to develop the goals and objectives of the Initiative.
2015 Active History.ca
2012. Canadian Journal of Native Education.
2011. Canadian Journal of Native Studies.
Academic Conference Organizing
2008. Active History: History for the Future, a SSHRC-funded conference sponsored by York University and the University of Toronto, on historians working with communities for social change, Glendon College, York University, September 27-28. Member of organizing committee.
2006. Re-Envisioning Relationships: Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Alliances and Coalitions for Indigenous Rights, Social and Environmental Justice, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University, November 2-5. Member of national planning committee.
2003. Postcolonial Identities: Temporalities and Spatialities, a one-day symposium, under direction of Questions in Postcolonial Studies Research Group, History Dept., University of Toronto. Coordinated.
2003. Revisioning Canada, a one-day workshop on integrating Native/Non-Native relations as a foundational dynamic in the teaching of Canadian history, Dept. of History, University of Toronto. Assisted Prof. Sylvia Van Kirk and Heidi Bohaker.
2013. Encounters in Canada: Contrasting Indigenous and Immigrant Perspectives, Centre for Refugee Studies and School of Public Policy and Administration, York University, Toronto., May 16. Chaired session on “Building Knowledges and Finding Allies through Education.”
2012. Canadian Sociology Association Annual Meeting, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, May 30. Discussant, “Indigenous-Settler Alliances” panel discussion.
2012. Our Way: A Conference on the UN Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Law-making, University of Saskatchewan, March 22-24. Co-Facilitator, “Ethical Allies,” two discussion sessions at with Paulette Regan. Session accredited for CPD hours on ethics through the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Sacramento, May 21. Chaired panel on “Reconciliations.”
2008. From Multicultural Rhetoric to Anti-Racist Action conference sponsored by the Trudeau Foundation, University of Toronto, October 28. Discussant, panel on “Anti-Colonialism and Indigenous Peoples.”
2008. American Indian Studies Association Conference, Arizona State University, Phoenix. Chaired session on “Voices from Outside the US.”
2008. Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Culture (GRASAC), Carleton University. Invited participant.
2006. Student member, Search committee for a historian of Aboriginal history, Department of History, University of Toronto.
Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – took ABS 210 Introductory Ojibwe and ABS 310, Intermediate Ojibwe; audited first half of ABS 495, Advanced Ojibwe, Prof. Alex McKay, University of Toronto.
French – general reading and speaking knowledge, currently teach one bilingual seminar course; passed PhD language requirement.
German – completed first-year university German course, three years of high school German.
Siswati (dialect of Zulu) – basic grammar and some vocabulary, studied with private teacher for six months, 1985.
Canadian Historical Association
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Canadian Indigenous and Native Studies Association (CINSA)