Dr. Deanna RederAssociate Professor and Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Reder’s research focuses on Indigenous literature and literary history. A Cree-Métis scholar, she is a founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA), co-chair of the Indigenous Voices Awards, and the Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She also helped found, in 2020, the Indigenous Editors Association. Dr. Reder co-edited the fiftieth anniversary issue of the journal, Ariel, and has co-authored the recently released book, Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolum Halkett. Dr. Reder is the co-editor of four additional collections, including Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry (2019); Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures (2016); Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (2017); and Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations (2010). In 2018, Dr. Reder was inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artist, and Scientists in the Royal Society of Canada.

Reading List

  1. Jo-Ann Episkenew: Taking Back our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing (University of Manitoba Press, 2009)  (theories on the power of reading)
  2. Dawn Dumont: Nobody Cries at Bingo (Thistledown, 2011) (comedy in the context of modern day Treaty 4) 
  3. Michael Nest, Deanna Reder, and Eric Bell: Cold Case North: the Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett(University of Regina Press, 2020)  (a page turner about two Indigenous leaders who went missing without a trace over 50 years ago in Northern Saskatchewan)
  4. On the Other Side(s) of 150: Untold Stories and Critical Approaches to History, Literature, and Identity in Canada, edited by Linda M. Morra and Sarah Henzi (forthcoming May 2021 but includes more discussion on the unpublished novel discussed in the lecture- see Chapter One)
  5. Watch: Tasha Hubbard’s award-winning documentary, We Will Stand Up (2019)