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Red Skin, White Masks is a work of critically engaged political theory that challenges the now commonplace assumption that settler-colonization can be reconciled through a process of cultural recognition and accommodation. In light of this colonial impasse, Coulthard sets out to explore a radically decolonial politics that is less oriented around attaining an affirmative form of recognition and institutional accommodation by the colonial-state and society, and more about critically revaluing, reconstructing and redeploying Indigenous cultural practices in ways that seek to prefigure radical alternatives to the symbolic and structural violence that continues to dispossess our nations of lands, political authority, and lives.

This book is a profound critique of contemporary colonialism, a clear vision of Indigenous resurgence, and a serious contribution to the literature of freedom.”  Professor Taiaiake Alfred, from the “Forward.”


Author Bio:

Glen Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political thought. He is Yellowknives Dene.


Rita Kaur Dhamoon is an Assistant Professor in Political Science, at the
University of Victoria, the territory of the Lekwungen peoples, Canada. Her
research interests broadly focus on the politics of difference, including
multiculturalism and nation-building, securitization and race, settler
colonialism, gender and feminist politics, intersectionality, critical race
and anti-colonial politics, relations between people of colour and
Indigenous peoples, and Sikhs and the problem with inclusion. Among other
publications, she is author of Identity/Difference Politics (2009),
Considerations on Mainstreaming Intersectionality” (Political Research
, 2011), and “Feminisms” (in Oxford Handbook on Gender &
, 2013). Her work is rooted in anti-racist feminist action.

Sarah Hunt (PhD) is a writer, educator and activist currently based in
Lkwungen Territories (Victoria, BC) and is of Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw),
Ukrainian and English ancestry. She has more than 15 years’ experience
doing community-based work on issues of justice, education and cultural
revitalization in rural and urban Indigenous communities across BC. Most
recently, Sarah’s research investigated the relationship between law and
violence in ongoing neocolonial relations in BC, asking how violence gains
visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and
action. Her research is particularly concerned with revitalizing Indigenous
law and Indigenous territorial relations through local level anti-violence
initiatives. Sarah is adjunct faculty at Vancouver Island University and
Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group (IPSG) of the
Association of American Geographers.

Jarrett Martineau is a Cree/Dene digital media producer, hip hop artist,
and academic from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta. He is a PhD candidate
in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria. Jarrett has worked
at the intersection of art, media, and activism for many years, and his
research examines the role of art and creativity in advancing Indigenous
nationhood and decolonization. He is the co-founder and Creative Producer
of Revolutions Per Minute (, a new music platform to promote
Indigenous music culture; an organizer with the Indigenous Nationhood
Movement; and a founding director of the New Forms Festival, an annual
festival focusing on contemporary art, culture, and electronic music held
in Vancouver.

Matt Hern’s articles and books have been published on all six continents and
translated into ten languages. He teaches at a variety of universities,
lectures globally, and continues to organize in East Vancouver, Coast
Salish Territories where he lives with his partner, daughters, cats and
chickens. *

Moderated by: 

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture and Chair of the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. He is most recently the author of Badger, part of the Animal Series from Reaktion Books (UK), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (2014). His current works include the literary manifesto, Why Indigenous Literature Matters (forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press) and a study of other-than-human kinship in Indigenous literary expression.

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