Decolonization: Investigating Colonial Impact
Readings: (predominantly authored by indigenous people)
*Understanding Colonizer Status by Waziyatawin
*Decolonization is not a metaphor by Eve Tuck, K. Wayne Yang
(We would like to include the perspective around ‘settlers moves to innocence’ in the discussion that day.)
Optional Additional Readings:
*Earthshapers & Placemakers by Margaret M. Bruchac
*Poem: Why are white people in charge of North America? by Tad Hargrave
*Poem” graduate school first semester: so here I am writing about Indians again, by Cheryl Savageau
*Qallunology 101: A Lesson Plan for the Non-Indigenous, By Derek Rasmussen
*America is Still a Colony and the Reemergence of Native Nations by Jacqueline Keeler
April 8, 10am-1pm (Come at 9am for some optional reading time)
Facilitated by Amanda Franz, Abbi Jaffe, Erok, Leah Fury, Yepeth Perla Rubin and others
“the United States is still a colony in function and form if not in name. When Americans realize this then they can truly begin to change the system by asking themselves the question: how can I be an ethical colonist?” ~Jacqueline Keeler
Read the selected readings and join us for small group discussions, humbly facilitated by non-indigenous folks.
While we do not claim to “know” the fullness of what decolonization means, we deeply desire to live in a community that learns and grows together.
Space for reflection, optional movement and integration is included in the plan for the event.
During the event we will be having a discussion based around the two specific articles linked on the website. Our hope is that you can read the articles before the event. The doors will open at 9am on the day of the event if you would like to come early for some reading time. We have 5 copies of each article printed to share during this time.
By donation ($5-25 suggested)- proceeds will be given to local indigenous groups, TBD. If inspired, bring a snack to share.
SPACE IS LIMITED. We want to have enough facilitators to have the small groups be an easeful size. Let us know you are coming. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.
This event is co-organized by the Decolonization Solidarity Study Group. We are non-indigenous people (Leah Fury, Erock, Eli Mutino, Yepeth Perla Rubin, Murphy Robinson, Abbi Jaffe and Amanda Franz) who acknowledge that we live on stolen land and want to support First Nation sovereignty. For the last 1.5 years we have met (and will continue to meet) once or twice a month to talk about texts we have read together. We also work to support indigenous led initiatives.