Sometimes our imaginations are constrained by colonization, as if there was a utopian before and an apocalyptic after and we can’t really be Indigenous until we return to that pure place. But I’m so hopeful right now. We are unapologetic and authentic in spite of our paths through colonization. We keep moving forward, keep rising.
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Hayden King is Pottawatomi and Ojibwe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing (Christian Island) in Huronia, Ontario.

Hayden’s teaching career began in 2007 at McMaster University’s Indigenous Studies Program and in 2012 he accepted an appointment in the department of Politics at Ryerson University, eventually serving as the Academic Director of the Public Administration partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute. His teaching focus has been on the political and legal history of Indigenous-state relations in Canada and contemporary First Nations policy.

Hayden’s research revolves around land and resource management, often in the Canadian north, and Anishinaabe political economy, diplomacy and international relations. He is the co-author of Canada’s North: What’s the Plan? (2011) and the co-editor of The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (2015). Hayden is also among the noted Indigenous public intellectuals in Canada, frequently contributing to the national conversation on Indigenous issues.

In addition to work in the academy, Hayden has served as governance consultant to First Nations in Ontario, the Senior Policy Adviser to the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Aboriginal Affairs, Director of Research at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Conference Board of Canada. He is also the co-founder of the Anishinaabemowin language and arts collective The Ogimaa Mikana Project.

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