UBC Learning Circle: Structural Oppression – Male Privilege

Event Date & Time

  • March 8, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Description

We welcome Harley Eagle to the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, presenting live from the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and live streaming through the UBC Learning Circle for a conversation on Male Privilege from an Indigenous man’s point of view.

To talk about male privilege, we have to talk about ourselves from the perspective of the other. From within male reality the term “male privilege” doesn’t signify; it has no meaning – it’s invisible; it’s just the way things are. How does a fish talk about water? This famous conundrum applies to men talking to other men about our position in the world. The name feminists have given to our position – male privilege – doesn’t exist in “common parlance,” which is the language of the dominant group, the culture-definers… Understanding male privilege from within the context of the Indigenous colonial experience can shed further light on both the detriment of this reality and a way forward.

In this session, Harley Eagle will provide insight into:

  • His understandings and experiences with his own internalized male privilege and how it has been shaped by its systemic nature
  • The pervasive colonial process that has changed Indigenous understandings of gender resulting in the prominence of male privilege
  • How understanding the Indigenous colonial experience in the Canadian context can shed light on the patterns of oppression (male privilege) experienced in mainstream society
  • Suggestions on how to move forward in light of the pressures to participate in male privilege


  • Harley will invite questions and comments to further the dialogue and deepen understanding on this issue

Register for the webinar here or follow the Register Now link to attend in person.


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.