We are grateful for the privilege to first come together with this collection of work on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Much of the editing for the book took place on this territory and the original lands of Siksika, Piikuni, Kainai, Tsuut’ina, Nakoda and the Métis.
Looking Back and Living Forward: Indigenous Research Rising Up is inspired by the strong scholarship shared by presenters and speakers at Rising Up: A Graduate Research Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research in Indigenous Studies 2017. The second annual international conference hosted by the University of Manitoba Native Studies Graduate Students Association (NSGSA), graduate students from within the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba who culturally, personally and academically support students pursuing Indigenous studies across the University as well as throughout Turtle Island.
We are thankful to the conference committee for their continued perseverance and tenacity to organize an enterprise of this magnitude alongside their studies. Special thanks go to the following committee members: Belinda Nicholson, Naithan Lagace, Laura Forsythe, Charlotte Bezamat-Mantes, Richard Stecenko, Leo Baskatawang, Karine Martel, and Sharon Dainard. Their commitment to providing a space to bring both the grassroots community and graduate students to all to share knowledge, present research, network, and acquire critical feedback is inspiring.
We would like to express gratitude to Brill | Sense for believing that the work of graduate students has a place on the global stage by providing the publishing opportunity in the series Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education, and making Looking Back and Living Forward: Indigenous Research Rising Up available to a wide audience of scholars, teachers, teacher educators, and students seeking works in Indigenous research. Under the guidance of Shirley R. Steinberg we have been able to actualize the dream of creating this book, we are truly thankful for all that has been imparted with us.
Our deepest thanks to those who labour diligently to preserve histories and arts, who have accommodated our requests to share their images: The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library, and the Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta.
Thank you to all the contributors for sharing their distinct voices from across disciplines in a comprehensive range of topics and approaches that serve to further Indigenous research. We offer our profound appreciation for trusting us with their work and for their confidence in us as editors to bring their work to the world.