End Dr. Chrisjohn's Fast of Protest--Demand his Compensation by St. Thomas University!
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Dr. Roland Chrisjohn (Oneida), the sole remaining tenured faculty member at the Native Studies Department of St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, authour of the seminal 1997 work *The Circle Game: Shadows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada,* and member of the Iroquois Confederacy, who has defended indigenous rights in this land for over four decades, has been on a fast of protest for over three weeks now.
He has not eaten since February 1st, 2016.
The answer is as simple as it is shameful. It is because, last semester, the Administration at STU violated his academic freedom. The Administration has failed to respond to its School of Social Work's egregious, racist attempt to modify Dr. Chrisjohn's syllabus on Research Methods, a course designed for indigenous students. After having signed a contract to teach the course, Chrisjohn was called in by the so-called "School" of so-called "Social Work," and asked to change his syllabus. (He just wasn't a dumb enough Indian for the job, apparently.) He refused, as was his right, and the contract was given (illegally) to someone else. He has received no compensation.
Anyone familiar with Dr. Chrisjohn's work with indigenous communities and his profound philosophical contributions, grounded in his own experience along with the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Marx, and many others, should be especially appalled by this decision on the part of the Administration of St. Thomas University.
Please sign this petition, to demand compensation for Dr. Chrisjohn, in defense of the principles of academic freedom and non-racist education!
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