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A Conversation with Dr. Kim TallBear: An Indigenous Ethic of Relationality

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Kim TallBear’s forthcoming book, Disrupting Settlement, Sex and Nature: An Indigenous Logic, offers an alternative framework to such settlements and binaries—that of purposeful, responsible migration and boundary crossing (which can also be viewed as a form of critical and mindful promiscuity), or routedness through place, knowledge/disciplines, and intimate relations with both humans and landscapes. The concept of relations—rather than nature or sex—is central. This ethic of relationality will be the central point of this conversation.

Tuesday, February 23, 4 – 5:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

RSVP via email to by 4 PM, February 19. Indicate any food allergies in your RSVP.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016

New Issue in Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society

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Dear friends,

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society has just published its
latest issue at

We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web
site to review and read articles and items of interest.

We’re thrilled to continue to publish as an open access journal and
appreciate your ongoing support in sharing this work as widely as possible
through your networks!

In peace,

Eric Ritskes

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society
Vol 4, No 2 (2015)
Table of Contents

Cover Art

Artist’s statement: What decolonization means to me
Kalkidan Assefa


Indigenous girls and the violence of settler colonial policing
Jaskiran K. Dhillon
Refusal to forgive: Indigenous women’s love and rage
Rachel Flowers
Teaching Indigenous methodology and an Iñupiaq example
Maureen P. Hogan,       Sean A. Topkok
Beyond the colonial divide: African diasporic and Indigenous youth alliance
building for HIV prevention
Ciann L. Wilson,        Sarah Flicker,  Jean-Paul Restoule
Tensional decolonization and public order in Western Nigeria, 1957-1960
Oluwatoyin Oduntan,     Kemi Rotimi

A review of Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology
Elaine Coburn
Indigenous temporal priority and the (de)legitimization of the Canadian
state: A book review of On Being Here to Stay
Scott Kouri

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society

Stolen Land: First Nations, Palestinians at the Frontline of Resistance

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Stolen Land: First Nations, Palestinians
at the Frontline of Resistance

With Robert Lovelace
Queens University Lecturer & former Anoch Algonquin Chief

Friday, November 27 @ 1pm

Room 098, Henry Angus Building
2053 Main Mall, Unceded & Occupied Musqueam Territory

For more information:

Stolen Land : Stolen Voices Canada and Israel are both built on land and resources stolen by European settlers; both are still sustained by the ongoing repression of indigenous peoples. The indigenous peoples of Canada and Palestine are on the front lines resisting the destruction of the land by militarism and industrial extraction. In the mainstream media and the halls of power, indigenous activists’ voices and stories have been silenced – they are treated as terrorists or historical curiosities. This event will explore the commonalities of indigenous struggles for land and freedom in Canada and in Palestine as well as connections to the global fight for a decolonized world.

Robert Lovelace is an adjunct lecturer at Queen’s University specialising in Aboriginal Studies, Re-indigenisation and De-colonisation. Robert is an anti-colonial activist and retired chief of the Anoch Algonquin First Nation. He spent 3½ months in jail as a political prisoner for defending the Ardoch homeland from uranium exploration. Robert has sailed twice on the Freedom Flotilla attempting to break the siege of Gaza. He lives at Eel Lake in traditional Ardoch territory.

UBC Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights •

Sponsored by UBC Social Justice Centre, Seriously Free Speech Committee. Endorsed by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Canada Palestine Association/BDS Vancouver, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Independent Jewish Voices – Vancouver, Mobilisation Against War and Occupation, North West Indigenous Council, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Streams of Justice, United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel.

Job – Assistant Professor, Canadian Studies at Trent University (Tenure Track), Due: Nov. 2, 2015

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The Department of Canadian Studies at Trent University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (current annual salary range $84,870 – $90,322) starting July 1st, 2016. This position is subject to budgetary approval.
We are looking for a scholar committed to the field of Canadian Studies and who has expertise in one or more of the following areas: i) global/transnational Canada, ii) the state/public policy/social regulation, iii) race/diversity/immigration, iv) Canadian culture/media/the arts v) aboriginal settler relations and colonialism. The successful candidate will have a completed PhD, an excellent teaching record, a willingness to participate in academic/administrative organisation, and demonstrated scholarly promise. They will be expected to teach courses at all of the undergraduate levels and to play a role in the graduate programs of Trent’s School for the Study of Canada (the MA in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies and the PhD in Canadian Studies). A capacity to teach broadly at all levels of graduate and undergraduate instruction/supervision is mandatory. Experience in working with teaching assistants would be an asset. The new tenure track faculty member will also be expected to participate in the broader life of the department and university and to maintain a program of research and publication.

Applicants should submit a covering letter that addresses qualifications for the position as described in this posting. They should also briefly describe how their research and teaching interests may contribute to the profile and development of undergraduate and graduate programs. Also required are: a CV; a writing sample; and a teaching dossier, including course evaluations. Three letters of reference should be sent on your behalf and addressed to Christopher Dummitt, Chair, Department of Canadian Studies, Trent University. Applications and reference letters should be submitted electronically, with files in PDF or Word format, to
*See and for information about the undergraduate and graduate programs in Canadian Studies.
Deadline: 2 November 2015. Files may be submitted after this date, until

the position is filled.

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Settler-Colonialism and Genocide Policies in North America – free public lecture by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 27 Oct. 15, 7-9 pm

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“Settler-Colonialism and Genocide Policies in North America”

A free public lecture by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


27 October, 2015

Location: 1400-1420 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre.

Co-sponsored by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, and First Nations Studies, and UBC’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.

Governmental policies and actions related to Indigenous peoples, though often termed “racist” or “discriminatory,” are rarely depicted as what they are: classic cases of imperialism and a particular form of colonialism—settler colonialism. As anthropologist Patrick Wolfe has noted: “The question of genocide is never far from discussions of settler colonialism. Land is life—or, at least, land is necessary for life.” i The history of North America is a history of settler colonialism. The objective of government authorities was to terminate the existence of Indigenous Peoples as peoples—not as random individuals. This is the very definition of modern genocide. US and Canadian history, as well as inherited Indigenous trauma, cannot be understood without dealing with the genocide committed against Indigenous peoples. From the colonial period through the founding of states and continuing in the 21st century, this has entailed torture, terror, sexual abuse, massacres, systematic military occupations, removals of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral territories, forced removal of Native American children to military-like boarding schools, allotment, and policies of termination.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. Her grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, was a member of the Oklahoma Socialist Party and Industrial Workers of the World. Her historical memoir, “Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie,” tells that story. Moving to San Francisco, California, she graduated in History from San Francisco State University and began graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, transferring to University of California, Los Angeles to complete her doctorate in History, specializing in Western Hemisphere and Indigenous histories. From 1967 to 1972, she was a full time activist and a leader in the women’s liberation movement that emerged in 1967, organizing in various parts of the U. S., traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. A second historical memoir, “Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975,” tells that story. In 1973, Roxanne joined the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights, lobbying for Indigenous rights at the United Nations. Appointed as director of Native American Studies at California State University East Bay, she collaborated in the development of the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies, where she taught for 3 decades. Her 1977 book, “The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation,” was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians of the Americas, held at United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Two more scholarly books followed: “Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico” and “Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination.” In 1981, Roxanne was invited to visit Sandinista Nicaragua to appraise the land tenure situation of the Mískitu Indians in the isolated northeastern region of the country. In over a hundred trips to Nicaragua and Honduras, she monitored what was called the Contra War. Her book, “Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War,” was published in 2005. “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” was published by Beacon Press in September 2014.

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Lecture by Dr. Dwayne Donald: Forts, Aboriginal-Canadian Relations, and Ethical Relationality, Feb 23, 2015 at 5 pm

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Forts, Aboriginal-Canadian Relations, and Ethical Relationality
February 23, 2015, at 5 pm
Green College
The University of British Columbia
With this talk, Donald will explore the significance of the fort as a mythic symbol at the heart of the creation story of Canada that provides insight into the ongoing relational psychosis that troubles Aboriginal-Canadian relations. Specific attention will be given to stories of Canadian nation and nationality that maintain this troubling relationship. He will suggest that Indigenous philosophies can provide guidance to us all on how we might begin to live together in more ethical ways.Bio
Dr. Dwayne Donald is a descendent of the amiskwaciwiyiniwak and the Papaschase Cree and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His work focuses on ways in which Indigenous philosophies can expand and enhance our understandings of curriculum and pedagogy.


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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. *

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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.

Amazon Indian protests outside Jimmy Nelson photo exhibition in London

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Nixiwaka Yawanawá protested against the 'outrageous' exhibition of Jimmy Nelson's work at London's Atlas Gallery today, wearing his ceremonial headdress.

Nixiwaka Yawanawá protested against the ‘outrageous’ exhibition of Jimmy Nelson’s work at London’s Atlas Gallery today, wearing his ceremonial headdress.
© Sophie Pinchetti/Survival

An Amazon Indian protested outside the exhibition of controversial photographer Jimmy Nelson’s work “Before They Pass Away” at London’s Atlas Gallery today.

Nelson’s work has been attacked by indigenous peoples around the world, as well as Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – for portraying afalse and damaging picture of tribal peoples.

Nixiwaka Yawanawá from Acre state in Brazil handed a letter to the gallery and said, “As a tribal person I feel offended by Jimmy Nelson’s work ’Before They Pass Away’. It’s outrageous! We are not passing away but struggling to survive. Industrialized society is trying to destroy us in the name of ‘progress’, but we will keep defending our lands and contributing to the protection of the planet.”

Read the letter to London’s Atlas Gallery (pdf, 10MB)

Famed photographer Jimmy Nelson's work 'Before They Pass Away' has been attacked by tribal peoples around the world.

Famed photographer Jimmy Nelson’s work ‘Before They Pass Away’ has been attacked by tribal peoples around the world.
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While Nelson claims his work is “ethnographic fact”, Survival Director Stephen Corrydenounces it as a photographer’s fantasy which bears little relationship either to how the people pictured look now, or how they ever appeared. Nelson’s subjects are supposed to be “passing away”, but no mention is made of the genocidal violence they are being subjected to. …Read More

CFP: Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Surviving Racism, Extraction and Dispossession

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Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Surviving Racism, Extraction and Dispossession

April 30 – May 3, 2015
York University, Toronto

In December 2012, four women sparked the most recent movement to honour Indigenous sovereignty and protect the environment. They named the exploitation of Indigenous land and resources as the source of state and corporate wealth, and referred to the “interconnections of race, gender, sexuality, class and other identity constructions in ongoing oppression” of Indigenous people.

The third conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association aims to continue the critique of toxic industries and “industrial complexes” (academic, nonprofit, prison, psychiatric, medical, arts, etc.) by shedding light on exploitation and expropriation, and by examining the institutions, methods and molds that comprise globalized imperialist capitalism, including anti-oppression movements themselves. This call is premised on the need for Indigenous decolonization, and invites a focus on a range of struggles within this context, including food, water and seed sovereignty, struggles between postcolonial state sovereignties and imperialist sovereignties, liberation of racialized groups and other non-state nations, and the implications of economies of race, gender, sexuality and disability in all of these.

Acknowledging the forerunning work of Indigenous feminists, migrant feminists and feminists of color, we would like to open up space for further interconnections at the heart of critical ethnic studies, including disabled Indigenous and people of colour perspectives, and two-spirit and trans/queer of color perspectives. We are interested in facilitating abolitionist and decolonizing conversations on various industrial formations, including the academic industrial complex, in the face of permanent precarity, extraction and exploitation, unequal divisions of labor, risks and benefits of critique, and the uneven institutionalization of liberation movements through programs around gender, sexuality, disability, environmentalism, multiculturalism and Indigeneity. We aim to provide a space where resistance and oppression can be thought transnationally (including outside the US and in the global south), in ways that attend to the travels and cross-fertilizations of racist and colonial methods in various geopolitical contexts and regimes, such as settler-colonialism, occupation and apartheid; race and coloniality in the global south; globalized travels of anti-blackness; colonialism and development; and confinement, border fortification and global wars on terror.
Please use our “Contact Us” button on our homepage for conference related questions.


About CESA

The Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) aims to develop an approach to scholarship, institution building, and activism animated by the spirit of the decolonial, antiracist, and other global liberationist movements that enabled the creation of Ethnic Studies, and which continues to inform its political and intellectual projects. We seek to move away from current critical deadlocks, to counteract institutional marginalization, to revisit the political ideas that precipitated ethnic studies’ founding moment within the US academy, and to create new conversations.
Our Vision:
Ethnic studies scholarship has laid the foundation for analyzing how racism, settler colonialism, immigration, imperialism, and slavery interact in the creation and maintenance of systems of domination, dispossession, criminalization, expropriation, exploitation, and violence that are predicated upon hierarchies of racialized, gendered, sexualized, economized, and nationalized social existence in the United States and beyond. Our vision of Critical Ethnic Studies highlights how systematized oppression is coterminous with the multitude of practices that resist these systems.


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Call for Papers – Strategies of Critique: Conference of the Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought

York University, Toronto, April 17th & 18th, 2014


In their article “Decolonizing Anti-Racism,” Bonita Lawrence and Ena Dua (2005) suggest that people of colour are complicit in colonization, and that anti-racism movements exclude Aboriginal people and perspectives. This article sparked a response by Nandita Sharma and Cynthia Wright (2008), who critiqued Lawrence and Dua’s conflation of settler colonialism and immigration, which Sharma and Wright argue includes in the definition of “settler” those who immigrate due to the impacts of colonization elsewhere. Sharma and Wright (2008) also questioned the implications of achieving decolonization through a nationalist project. These two seminal texts sparked a heated debate among scholars from various disciplines and have led to increased studies, discussions, and theorizations that consider, as a starting point, ongoing settler colonialism in Canada and elsewhere.

The theme “Decolonizing Anti-Racism” lays at the intersections of struggles for liberation, yet, at the same time, questions the possibilities of freedom in the context of the ongoing colonization of indigenous peoples and lands. Strategies of Critique invites scholars, activists, and artists to reflect on the contradictions that arise in struggles stemming from a “postcolonial world” in which colonialism is not past, but rather still very much present. We seek papers that attend to the implications of anti-racism activism and scholarly engagements that reimagine the socio-political world in which we live by having at their forefront a concern for the experiences of Indigenous peoples. Further, we are interested in the ways that anti-racism theory and practice uphold and sustain colonial discourse, and how, conversely, we can imagine our communities and ourselves without reproducing colonial dynamics within social movements and scholarship that works within a social justice framework.

We invite scholars, activists and artists to engage in critical inquiry that addresses the potential tensions between Indigenous and people of colour movements. Possible questions for exploration include: What are some of the bridges that can be built between Indigenous peoples and people of colour in struggles against racism, social exclusion, poverty, racialization, police violence, as well as through shared histories of colonization and dispossession? Is it possible to think of an anti-racist politics that is devoid of anti-colonial politics? In what ways do extant imperial and colonial forces operate differently towards these communities in terms of necropolitics (Mbembe, 2002) in determining who is invited into the realm of social life and who, instead, is confined to social death? This question—who must die so we may live—is central to our discussion on the theme of “decolonizing anti-racism.”

We welcome submissions from all fields that relate to Indigenous studies, social and political theory, critical race theory, anti-racism theory, settler-colonialism, postcolonial theory, art and literature, critical disability studies, gender, feminist and women’s studies, and equity studies.

We extend this invitation to community members and social justice activists who engage in this discussion through their community work or activist endeavours.

Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:

Indigenous sovereignty

Immigration and citizenship


Police brutality/racial profiling

Environmental racism

(Neo)colonialism and settler-colonialism

Who/What is a “settler”?

Decolonization of the land and the mind

Shared histories of colonization

National and alternative memories

Decolonizing gender, sex, and sexuality


Disciplining of bodies


Notions of home and belonging

Critical intersectionality

Trauma and healing

Indigenous methodologies/decolonizing scholarship

Creative and narrative resistance

Alliances and oppositions in anti-racism and decolonization projects

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your abstract no later than January 15, 2014 by email to strategies2014[at]gmail[dot]com.

Submissions must include the following elements in order to be considered:

1. A document (.doc or .pdf) containing an abstract of no more than 250 words, with title. Ensure that the author’s name(s) does not appear in the document, or in the text in a way that will compromise the anonymity of the review process.

2. A separate document (.doc or .pdf) containing biographical details: author name(s), institutional affiliation(s) (if applicable) and contact information.

3. Panel proposals should include a 250-word statement of the panel’s focus, and the abstracts and bios of proposed presenters.

Applicants will be notified of the decisions of the review committee by mid-February. For more information, please contact the conference committee at strategies2014[at]gmail[dot]com.