Seminar delves into inaccurate indigenous images

The implications of inaccurate images of indigenous people is the topic of a presentation at Vancouver Island University Friday (Feb. 4).

Keith Smith, who teaches in the First Nations studies and history departments, examines where images of indigenous people come from that news media and advertisers offer up so regularly and ask if it matters if these images do not accurately reflect the reality of First Nations people.

“Inaccurate imaginings of indigenous people affect popular perceptions,” said Smith. “Worse, viewing indigenous people through inappropriate lenses continues to guide policy decisions nationally, provincially and locally.”

His presentation, part of the Arts and Humanities Colloquium series, takes place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the boardroom of the library at VIU’s Nanaimo campus – Bldg. 305, Rm. 507.

On March 4, Ross Desprez, from the VIU theatre department talks about “History on Stage: Transforming History into Relevant, Entertaining Musical Theatre” and on April 1, Marni Stanley from the women’s studies and English departments concludes the series with “Graphic Matters: Women Making Comics.”

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