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Upcoming Lecture: Nutrition Research and Human Experimentation at the Shubenacadie Residential School in Historical Context

Dr. Ian Mosby, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Guelph

20 September 2013 – 7 p.m. –  K.C. Irving Auditorium, Acadia University

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The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and Acadia University are pleased to announce Dr. Ian Mosby’s upcoming public lecture, “Nutrition Research and Human Experimentation at the Shubenacadie Residential School in Historical Context” on Friday 20 September at 7 p.m.   His public keynote address will follow a private meeting from 10 – 2 with Elders at the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq at Millbrook First Nation.   Saturday morning, Dr. Mosby will meet with Indigenous Students Society of Acadia (ISSA) at Welkaqnik, the Aboriginal Gathering Space at Acadia University.

Throughout this past summer, Dr. Mosby’s research into nutrition science, Aboriginal Affairs and residential schools made national and international headlines. Through archival research into the history of nutrition in Canada, Dr. Mosby discovered little-known documents outlining experiments conducted on Canada’s Indigenous population. One of the testing sites for this program was Shubenacadie Residential School, here in Nova Scotia. In this public lecture, Dr. Mosby will focus specifically on the testing program in Nova Scotia and its implications for understanding the history of residential schools in Canada.

For more information contact: Dr. Thomas Peace, Harrison McCain Visiting Professor, Department of History and Classics, Acadia University – phone: 905-585-1924 – e-mail: tpeace@acadiau.ca.

Background Resources:

Ian Mosby, “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952,” Histoire Sociale/Social History, vol. 46, no. 91 (May 2013)

CBC’s As it Happens: http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/features/2013/07/16/food-historian-discovers-federal-government-experimented-on-aboriginal-children-during-and-after-wwi/

Chronicle Herald: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1142744-shame-of-shubenacadie-school-comes-to-light

Nature: http://www.nature.com/news/canada-used-hungry-indigenous-children-to-study-malnutrition-1.13425

The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/hungry-aboriginal-kids-adults-were-subject-of-nutritional-experiments-paper/article13246564/

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