Category Archives: Philosophy

“Who’s Land?” The Trials and Tribulations of Territorial Acknowledgement

This past weekend my partner and i, indigenous Ph.D students in philosophy and sociology respectively, attended the Decolonizing Education/Integrating Knowledges Summit held at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario. Part of a broader array of “Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects”—spurred into existence by the release this time last year of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report on the Residential School programme in kanada—the summit saw some incredible keynote speakers, and a number of quite inspirational and informative Circle Workshops on various topics. Continue reading “Who’s Land?” The Trials and Tribulations of Territorial Acknowledgement

Indigenous Revengence: The White Fear of Savage Reprisal

After a bit of back and forth with myself on whether or not it was worth it to respond to an article by Ross Wolfe (1), in which a bumbling, offhanded academic attempt is made to paint my  article Decolonization is not a Metaphor: The Basics of a Genuine Anti-Colonial Position as the height of absurdity, i have decided to take the proverbial plunge and jot down a few thoughts. Perhaps against my better judgement, i decided to do this because the article by Wolfe, for all of its demonstrable euro-chauvinist flaws, does provide us with a nice teachable moment—indeed its euro-chauvinism is precisely why it is a useful pedagogical tool. Continue reading Indigenous Revengence: The White Fear of Savage Reprisal

Indigenous Communism: Notes Towards an Investigation

It’s generally no secret to folks within the Indigenous decolonial and socialist/communist/anarchist (“left-wing”) movements in Occupied Maehkaenah-Menaehsaeh that Indigenous Pan-Nationalism (Indigenism) and historical materialism (“Marxism”) are often considered to be schools of thought at deep and significant odds with one another. This is despite the fact that they both claim to stand opposed to capitalism, colonialism and imperialism. This is far from new, and there have been polemics produced from both sides of the issue. Continue reading Indigenous Communism: Notes Towards an Investigation