Keynotes 

​Joyce E. King has served as the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership and Professor of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University.
King’s research has contributed to the knowledge-base on preparing teachers for diversity and curriculum theorizing through her scholarship, teaching practice and leadership. See more...
Eve Tuck is an associate professor in the Department of Social Justice Education of the University of Toronto. 
Her publications are concerned with the ethics of social science research and educational research, Indigenous social and political thought, decolonizing research methodologies and theories of change, and the consequences of neoliberal accountability policies on school completion. See more
Walter D. Mignolo  is an Argentine semiotician (École des Hautes Études) and professor at Duke University, who has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and worked on different aspects of the modern and colonial world, exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, border thinking, and pluriversality.
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Plenary Speakers

Afua Cooper is the James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies. Her research interests are African Canadian studies, with specific regard to the period of enslavement and emancipation in 18th and 19th century Canada and the Black Atlantic; African-Nova Scotian history; political consciousness; community building and culture; slavery’s aftermath; Black youth studies. See more
Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, where he is Co-Director of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice. He is also Emeritus Professor of Urban Education, University of California, Los Angeles, and Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership, Miami University of Ohio. He is also Honorary Director of Center for Critical Studies in Education in Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China. See more
Sandy Grande is associate professor and Chair of the Education Department at Connecticut College. Her research interfaces critical Indigenous theories with the concerns of education. In addition to Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought (2004, 2015), she has also published several book chapters and articles including: Accumulation of the Primitive: The Limits of Liberalism and the Politics of Occupy Wall Street See more...
Lee Maracle is an academic of the Department of Aboriginal Studies in the University of Toronto. She is one of the most prolific aboriginal authors in Canada and a recognized authority on issues pertaining to aboriginal people and aboriginal literature. She is an award-winning poet, novelist, performance storyteller, scriptwriter, actor and keeper/mythmaker among the Stó:lō people. See more...
Njoki Wane is a professor in the department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto.  
Njoki's research interests lie in the intersectionality of gender with race and class; she has also engaged in work on indigenous knowledge practices, teacher education, spirituality and schooling, and alternative health and healing. See more
Andrea Davis is the 2012 recipient of the Ian Greene Award for teaching excellence. Her research focuses on the literary productions of black women in the Americas. She is particularly interested in the intersections of the literatures of the Caribbean, the United States and Canada and her work encourages an intertextual cross-cultural dialogue about black women's experiences in diaspora. See more
Hayden King is Pottawatomi and Ojibwe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchimnissing (Christian Island) in Huronia, Ontario.  At Ryerson University, he is the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance in the Faculty of Arts; Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration; and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. See more
Jose Aylwin, is attorney and Master in Law. He was part of the Chilean comission for Human Rights between 1984 y 1993. He was the director of the Institute for Indigenous Studies in the University "La Frontera", he was also the coordinator of the Program for Indigenous Rights. Currently he is the director of the Citizen Observatory in Chile. See more... 
George Sefa Dei,  is a renowned educator, researcher and writer considered by many as one of Canada’s foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies. He is Professor of Social Justice Education and Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. In 2007, he was installed as a traditional chief in Ghana, in the position of Gyaasehene of the town of Asokore, Koforidua in the New Juaben Traditional Area of Ghana. His stool name is Nana Adusei Sefa Tweneboah I . See more