Aboriginal oral history focus of Perspectives lecture

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:54am

The oral tradition of aboriginal peoples and its use in reconstructing aboriginal pasts will be the focus of a Canadian Perspectives lecture on Thursday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., at Erindale United Church, 1444 Dundas Cr., Mississauga.

Lecturer Alexander von Gernet of the University of Toronto Mississauga will discuss how the verbal history of aboriginal peoples helps to rebuild their past and how it can be used as evidence in aboriginal litigation. Von Gernet is one of only a few Canadians with published scholarship in archeology, ethnohistory and oral historiography.

The lecture is part of the Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series, organized by the Associates of U of T Mississauga and the University of Toronto Mississauga. Now in its 25th year, the lecture series is designed to inform and educate, offer a historical perspective on current issues and introduce new ideas and technologies that shape everyday life. Funds generated through this series support student scholarships.

*Free parking is available on the church lot. 

Jane Stirling
Marketing and Communications
University of Toronto Mississauga