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

Over the weekend of October 14 through 16, 2016, my partner and I, both of us Indigenous Ph.D. students in philosophy and sociology respectively, attended a conference (or rather a summit) held at st. Paul’s university college, an affiliate of the university of waterloo, in ontario entitled Decolonizing Education/Integrating Knowledges. The summit was part of a broader array of “Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects” that had taken place across kanada over the course of the preceding year. These “response projects” were spurred into existence by the release in the autumn of 2015 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report[1] on the residential school programme in kanada. Continue reading “Who’s Land?” The Trials and Tribulations of Territorial Acknowledgement

The Rhetoric of “Self-Determination” vs the Practice of Decolonization

My recent burst of writings on this blog regarding the subject decolonization, my responses to varied white “left” reactions to said writings, and subsequent discussions that i have had with various comrades (Indigenous and non-Indigenous; anarchist, marxist and “other”) has caused me to return in my thoughts to a subject i have touched on before. The topic on my mind has been the way that the broad “left,” in particular marxists of a leninist bent of some sort, employ a rhetoric of a right to self-determination as opposed to putting forth a politics based on actual decolonization (1). Continue reading The Rhetoric of “Self-Determination” vs the Practice of Decolonization

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 attempt is made to paint my  article The ABCs of Decolonization as the height of absurdity, I have decided to take the proverbial plunge and jot down a few thoughts. For those critically familiar with Ross Wolfe, he is often known as a recalcitrant eurocentrist at best, and a barely contained euro-racist at worst, and far less versed in Marxian and critical theory than he would like to lead you to believe. So I will admit at the outset that he decision to engage him is perhaps against my better judgement. However I have decided to do push forward precisely because the article by Wolfe, for all of its demonstrable euro-chauvinist flaws, does provide us with a nicely packaged 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