Decolonizing Western Forms of Music & Performance & Exploring Mainstream Media Representations of Indigenous Women & Reclaiming Voice

April 20, 2022 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Virtual Event
Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

“Decolonizing Western Forms of Music & Performance”


Nicole Stonyk, Masters’ student, UM

Nicole Stonyk is a Métis-Ukrainian-Cree woman born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the daughter of a 60’s scoop survivor and come from the Demeria/Desmarias of Lac du Bonnet/White Mud, Manitoba. She also belongs to the Marchands and acknowledges her Cree ancestors from Norway House and Polish/Ukrainian settler family. She is a graduate student in Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba and holds undergraduate degrees in both music and Indigenous studies. Her research combines her skills as a classically trained pianist/musician, looking at ways of decolonizing Western forms of music, performance, and exploring interdisciplinary themes between music, language, and Indigenous history.

“Exploring Mainstream Media Representations of Indigenous Women & Reclaiming Voice”


Sarah Olson, Indigenous Engagement and Communications, UM

Sarah Olson was born in Treaty 1 territory and is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Arts (Adv.) in Psychology and Native Studies in 2016 and is completing her Master of Arts in Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba. Sarah is the Project Coordinator for UM Indigenous Engagement and is the Co-Primary Investigator on the project, “A Purposeful Pause: Creating a Culture of Change that Promotes Knowledge, Education, and Scholarship Achievement at the College of Pharmacy”. Her research focuses on the ongoing misrepresentation of Indigenous women in Canadian society as a contributing factor of MMIWG2S and systemic oppression, and on the collective reclamation of narrative and voice.

Zoom Meeting ID: 836 7914 3232 Passcode: 562968 Or watch online on Native Studies Department Facebook page: