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'Signs of Your Identity:' Contemporary Indigenous Histories

Event Date:

May 14, 2019 | 11:45 AM EDT TO 12:45 PM EDT


LaGuardia Community College
21-10 Thomson Avenue
Room E-242

Long Island City, NY 11101

MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

For more than a century, many Western governments operated a network of Indian Residential Schools...

Image courtesy of Daniella Zalcman.
Image courtesy of Daniella Zalcman.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at LaGuardia Community College for a conversation with Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman about her project "Signs of Your Identity."

"Signs of Your Identity" is an investigation of the impact of coercive assimilation policies on indigenous communities. Residential schools were established in the nineteenth century to forcibly assimilate ingidenous peoples into Western society. The means by which this process occurred left lasting damage on individuals and communities.

Zalcman uses conversations with those who survived the residential school system to explore how its impact is still felt today on them, their families and their communities.

Zalcman is a documentary photographer and founder of Women Photograph, an initiative working to elevate the voices of female and non-binary visual journalists. Her "Signs of Your Identity" project is the recipient of the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, the 2016 Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation's Moving Walls 24.

LaGuardia Community College is a Campus Consortium partner.


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