Days of Canadian Culture

Canadian Studies Centre

Institute of British and American Culture and Literature

University of Silesia (Uniwersytet Śląski)

Sosnowiec, 27-28 April, 2005

Tentative Program

April 27, 2005 (Wednesday)

9:45 – 10:30

Short opening speeches (Rector ? Dean ? Head of the Institute? )

Opening and presentation by His Excellency Mr. Ralph J. Lysyshyn, Ambassador of Canada to Poland

First Nations Cultures and Philosophies

10:40 -11:35

Tomson Highway (Cree), noted playwright, novelist, producer, director; author of Rez Sisters , Dry Lips Ought to Move to Kapuskasing and Fur Queen.

Lecture: “Comparing Mythologies”

11:40 -12:40

Richard Atleo  (Umeek), Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht, University of Manitoba

Lecture "Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview: Implications For an Emergent Global Culture"

12:40 - 13:10

An official book signing by Richard Atleo of his recent book:

Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview

13: 50 – 14: 40

Stewart Steinhauer (Saddle Lake Cree Nation), Artist (sculptor) and commentator on art, spirituality, politics, and society). http://www.indigenius.biz/

Lecture: "Wesakeychak, The Genocide-Dodger. What to Say When Words are not Enough."

14: 45 – 15: 40

Allan Ryan (Carleton University),  author of The Trickster Shift: Humour and Irony in Contemporary Native Art.

Lecture: "Coyote Was Walking Along: Trickster Mischief in Canadian First Nations Art."

 15: 45 – 16: 20

Marlene Atleo , ?eh ?eh naa tuu kwiss (Nuu-chah-nulth name), (University of Manitoba)

 Lecture:  “Heart…of …Bloody…Darkness – Aboriginal Education in a Post-Modern Global Village – the Polish Connection(s), 

April 28, 2005 (Thursday)

9: 45 – 10: 15

1. Craig Tapping (Malaspina University College)

Lecture: “The Cultural Work of "Japan" in Canadian Literature: Towards a Semiotics of Ethnicity”

10: 20 - 10: 50

Edward Mozejko (University of Alberta)

Lecture: “Polish Immigration Culture in Canada and Politics of Multiculturalism”

10: 50 – 11: 20

3. Barbara Sharratt (University of Toronto

Lecture: "The Image of Slavic People in English Canadian Literature"

Mini-festival of Canadian Films on First Nations Topics

12: 00 - 20:00

Fergus Foley

Lecture: “Representation of First Nations People in Canadian Cinema.”






Discussion on the films will be led by Fergus Foley after each screening.