GU to host conference to focus on indigenous, minority communities

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Gonzaga University will be hosting its sixth biannual “Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples Conference” from Thursday, Sept. 12 to Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Hemmingson Center.

The conference is organized by Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples (ERIP) in collaboration with Gonzaga and the Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies journal (LACES).

The theme of the conference is “Bridges and Walls Across the Americas: Dialogues of Survivance, Endurance, and Resistance,” which will explore impacts and legacies of colonialism and decolonization, imperialism, state-formation, populism, neoliberalism, historical and contemporary contexts of resistances, and civic and social movements undertaken by indigenous and minority communities, among others.

The conference will bring together scholars from across disciplines, community-based producers and activists whose work addresses contemporary and historical conceptions of indigeneity, ethnicity and race and how these notions intersect with various political, cultural, social, legal and economic that have engendered divisions, inequities, violence and dispossessions within and across nation states and the hemisphere.

Throughout the three-day conference, there will be workshops, keynote speakers, panels, film screenings and other activities. 

It aims to provide a forum for discussion, debate, and critical engagement with respect to best paths moving forward in the face of complex challenges facing the contemporary world.

Gonzaga students, faculty and staff can attend the panels, keynote speakers and film showings for free by registering.   

For community members, it costs $30 for one day or $60 for all three days.   

All attendees must register at

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About Matthew Kincanon

Matthew Kincanon is a journalist with a journalism and political science degree from Gonzaga University. His journalism experience includes the Gonzaga Bulletin, The Spokesman-Review, and now SpokaneFāVS. He said he is excited to be a freelancer at SpokaneFāVS because, as a Spokane native, he wants to learn more about the various religious communities and cultures in his hometown.

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