Victoria Freeman

Victoria FreemanVictoria Freeman is a writer, community activist, and historian. She is the author of Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America, which was shortlisted for the 2000 Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. She defended her PhD dissertation, "'Toronto Has No History!' Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Historical Memory in Canada's Largest City," in 2010 and currently teaches Aboriginal history at York University. With Sto:lo writer and elder Lee Maracle, she developed and co-taught a groundbreaking Aboriginal Studies course called The Politics and Process of Reconciliation at the University of Toronto from 2010-2012 and they  have since conducted workshops together on reconciliation and "decolonizing within" for The Meeting Place: Truth and Reconciliation Toronto 2012 conference, Canadian Roots Exchange, and the BC Health Authority. Victoria is a member of the Toronto Native Community History Project, based at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, where she is contributing to the development of a smart phone app that maps the Indigenous history of Toronto and a new project researching Indigenous women activists in the Toronto Red Power movement of the 1970s.  She is currently writing a book, Retard, about her relationship with her late sister, who had Down Syndrome, and a sequence of poems, Gift for Gift, in which she talks back to archival texts from her PhD dissertation on the Indigenous history of Toronto. She studied modern dance with Elizabeth Langley for eight years and her previous work in theatre was as co-writer of a 2010 workshop production of Let Our Ghosts Be Spirits, directed by Jani Lauzon.