2022 Interdisciplinary Dialogue: RECOVERY (Launch Event)

January 20, 2022

Join us for the launch of MacEwan’s 5th Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project!

The Interdisciplinary Dialogue is an annual teaching and learning project at MacEwan that invites students, faculty, staff and the public to explore social justice issues together across a semester. This year, the project theme is RECOVERY — with its uncertainties, complexities and possibilities. Event topics will center around decolonization and change, urban wellness, Black History, Indigenous Storytelling, and disaster response in Chornobyl.


Featured speakers:

Dr. Sharon Stein, Assistant Professor in Educational Studies, UBC
(Decolonial Approaches to Global and Social change)

Azkaa Rahman, Strategic Planning Analyst, City of Edmonton
(Hospitality, Story and Heartwork)



Chelsea Vowel, BEd, LLB, MA
Assistant Lecturer in Native Studies, University of Alberta
(Language, Gender, Métis Self-determination and Resurgence)


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Sharon Stein

Sharon Stein is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, and a Visiting Professor with the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University. Her work invites engagement with the complexities and challenges of deepening responsibilities, and fostering generative relationships in the areas of internationalization, decolonization and sustainability. She is the founder of the Critical Internationalization Studies Network and a founding member of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Collective.











Azkaa Rahman

Azkaa is madly curious about how hospitality, story and heartwork can cultivate a greater sense of connection and balance for individuals and communities. She’s passionate about creating spaces of unreserved welcome and immaculate beauty. Today, Azkaa tends to Soulful City, stewarding the City of Edmonton’s RECOVER Urban Wellbeing Framework on Treaty Six Territory and Métis Homeland, exploring how focusing on the immaterial aspects of life, such as increasing connection to culture, the sacred, land and ground, body and self, family, friends and community, and the human project can enable people to feel well and live well. As a (un)learning partner in Social Research and Design, Azkaa and the RECOVER team spend time digging for the roots of problems and co-creating solutions with those experiencing life on the margins, to set the conditions for well being.

Azkaa also serves as an independent host facilitator and community grower, building bridges and weaving relationships across systems, disciplines, cultures and traditions. She has worked in the nonprofit sector leading strategy development, team building and innovation, and has helped smaller start-ups and social enterprises in establishing governance frameworks, organizational restructuring, vision casting and developmental evaluation. For a number of years, Azkaa worked at the intersection of Public Engagement and Indigenous Relations, leading engagement efforts on broad planning, infrastructure and community development projects, as well as corporate-wide policies and frameworks. She is often found navigating pathways through the messy ‘groan zones’ within complex systems.

Her projects also include needle-felting, examining fungi, and traveling the world for exotic honey.





Chelsea Vowel

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskihikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd, an LLB, and a MA, and is a Cree language instructor at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, she and her co-host Molly Swain produce the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, and co-founded the Métis in Space Land Trust.

Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock.




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Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project

Event Details

Date January 20, 2022
Start Time 5:00 p.m.
End Time 6:30 p.m.
Location Online via Zoom
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person Lindsey Whitson
Contact Phone 780-497-5852
Contact Email whitsonl2@macewan.ca
Event Website Visit Site