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What is more powerful than a good conversation?

Join us as President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard hosts Visionary Conversations—an evening for people who love exploring tough questions about the topics that fascinate us. Come learn, debate and discuss alongside experts and community leaders. Join the conversation.

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Emma Larocque

Dr. Emma LaRocque [MA/80, PhD/99]

Professor, Native Studies, University of Manitoba

Dr. Emma LaRocque, is a scholar, author, poet and professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba. Her prolific career includes numerous publications in areas of colonization/decolonization, Canadian historiography, racism, violence against women, and  First Nation and Metis literatures and identities. Her poems are widely anthologized in prestigious collections and journals. LaRocque is originally from

Cary Miller

Dr. Cary Miller

Associate Professor and Head, Native Studies, University of Manitoba

Dr. Cary Miller is Anishinaabe and descends from St. Croix and Leech Lake communities. Prior to joining the UM, she held positions at the University of Wisconcin-Milwaukee. Her research is in Anishinaabe leadership in the early 19th century, Anishinaabe women’s history, Treaties and sovereignty, Wisconsin Indian History, and Cultures of the Great Lakes Region.

Katherine Starzyk

Dr. Katherine Starzyk

Associate Professor, Social and Personality Psychology;
Director Social Justice Laboratory, University of Manitoba

Dr. Katherine Starzyk is a Polish-Canadian academic and a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Research and a research affiliate of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Side by side with Ry Moran, Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, Dean Peachey, Katelin Neufeld, Iloradanon Efimoff, and Aleah Fontaine, Katherine is working to develop a measure of reconciliation that is acceptable to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Michael Yellowbird

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird is a celebrated scholar, author, inspirational teacher and passionate advocate for decolonization, Indigenous social innovation and creativity, and institutional and environmental systems change. He came to the UM in 2019 from North Dakota State University. He is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota and identifies as Arikara (meaning “The People”) and Hidatsa (meaning “Willows”).

Upcoming conversation

  • How can our community come together to combat the impacts of drug addiction?

    Is there an approach that can balance treatment and enforcement, to make our communities healthy and safe?

    Thursday, March 5
    Brodie Centre Atrium, Bannatyne Campus

    Doors Open // 6 PM
    Panel Discussion // 7 PM
    Reception // 8:30 - 9:30 PM

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