First Feminist Forum in 2019: Cherry Smiley
Cherry Smiley is Nlaka’Pamux and Diné woman based at Condordia University in Montreal. She is an established activist working for Indigenous women’s rights and an accomplished scholar. Cherry is a recent recipient of a prestigious Trudeau Foundation Scholarship (one of only fifteen across Canada in 2016) and her research sits within the scope of CPOW and speaks to several of the focus areas of the Social Change ECP.
Her work on Indigenous politics, and in particular Indigenous-settler relations and the ongoing impacts of colonisation on Indigenous women, dovetails with RMIT’s commitments in the Reconciliation Action Plan to value Indigenous knowledge and culture and embed these within University practice.
Cherry’s main research – which focuses on holistic understandings of violence against Indigenous women, and investigates decent versus unacceptable forms of work in the sex industry – is closely aligned with the work of several CPOW members and fits well within It also chimes within our Gender, Equality and Diversity research theme.
An overview of her Trudeau scholarship work can be found here: