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INNOVATOR PROFILE

AUDRA SIMPSON

Area of Expertise: Academia

"An apology is not sufficient because it attempts to stop time between the past and the present and pretend like the suffering is over. It’s not over. We’re not starting over new. These problems continue. Our communities still continue to be affected by the legacy of Residential Schools and will continue to be affected by it. We can’t pretend this isn’t still happening."
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Audra Simpson is a Mohawk scholar and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the politics of refusal in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk struggles to assert their sovereignty and challenges conventional thinking in Native studies and anthropology. She's best known for her groundbreaking book, Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States.

https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/reconciliation-needs-be-more-than-permission-to-maintain-status-quo-prof-says