Situation of self
Boozhoo! Amy Farrell nindizhinikaaz. Maung/nahma nindoodemug. Eabametoong nindoonjii. Thunder Bay gipiwunji.
Hello! My name is Amy Farrell. I belong to the loon and sturgeon clans. I'm a member of Eabametoong First Nation. I come from Thunder Bay, Ontario.
I'm Indigenous, Anishinaabe to be specific. But, I grew up having a foot in both worlds: Anishinaabe and non-Indigenous. My mother was born and raised on her family's ancestral land at Whitewater Lake in Northern Ontario. My father, a second-generation White settler, is from Thunder Bay and is of Scottish (Highland & Lowland), Irish (County Cork), and English (Stratford-upon-Avon) descent.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. My focus here is in the field of Indigenous Education.
LATEST Research journeys
I'm currently working on an Indigenous speculative fiction novel in which Indigenous knowledges are highlighted to demonstrate cultural teachings of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
"While I’m not a mathematician or a scientist, I have a great love and respect for these fields and am incorporating elements from them into my novel. The STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) have always been part of Indigenous culture, although the knowledge may look different from a Western perspective. Making connections and Indigenizing these concepts is part of my ongoing work with story."
areas of specialization and research interests
PUBLICATIONS & SPECIAL INTEREST
Farrell, A. (2022). The truth my face tells: Reflections of an Anishinaabe educator. In J. MacDonald and J. Markides (Eds.) Brave work in Indigenous education. DIO Press.
Check it out here https://www.diopress.com/brave-work
Beadwork (the beadwork images shown here are my own creations), and acrylic and watercolour painting are my primary modes of artistic expression.
I very much enjoy sewing, beadwork, and making leatherwork projects.
I play the flute and am taking lessons again to improve my technique!
Learning the ukulele is also such a joy (although this is currently on pause).
Hello to a new adventure in singing lessons! This also happens to help my "teacher" voice.
American Education Research Association
"Interrogating Consequential Education Research: In Pursuit of Truth"
"Cultural Perspectives of Debwewin (Truth): Learning from Indigenous Research and Indigenous Sacred Story" (Roundtable Presentation)
Hawaii International Conference on Education
a) "The Education of Strong Ikwe: What We Learn of Power and Agency from Women in Anishinaabe and Cree Sacred Story and Narrative" (Paper Presentation)
b) "The Balance of Tensions: Exploring Patience and Cultural Learning Through Anishinaabe Beadwork within a Bachelor of Education Arts Course" (Presentation and Hands-On Workshop)
World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education
a) Exploring Indigenous STEAM Knowledges Through Creative Writing (Paper Presentation)
b) Reflections on Building Community in a Faculty of Education Through
Indigenous Leatherwork and Beadwork Crafting: A Sharing of Learnings During a Hands-On Workshop (Virtual On-Demand Workshop)
20/21 Vision: Speculating in Literature and Film
Knowledge Through Storytelling, Kakendausowin peme Tibachimowin: Understandings of STEAM through Traditional Stories and Cultural Knowledge (Paper Presentation)
Indigenous Literary Studies Association
"This Land Does Not Belong To Us. We Belong To The Land"
Imagining land in speculative fiction: Into a journey of in-progress research writing (Paper Presentation)
You are welcome to contact me, whether fellow academic, potential graduate student, or if you're curious about Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous education.