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Decolonization Resources

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

As the topic is very important to me and my work, I refer to decolonization a lot. At it's core, decolonizing is a process of deprogramming.

It is acknowledging that the culture, values and beliefs that make up the lens through which we view and operate in the world, particularly in the West, is primarily a colonial, Western European, Christian, patriarchal, white supremacist worldview.

It is acknowledging that other cultures and worldviews are equally valid and are a rich source of knowledge and solutions to the cultural, societal, and environmental issues we face today.

It is doing the work of questioning our beliefs, worldviews and traditions to dig into how we came to those views in the first place. To understand that culture and beliefs are taught directly and indirectly by the people and society that surround us, and that those teaching may have (and likely do) have a colonial bias. That applies to everyone.

Here is a running list of decolonization resources!

I will update the list periodically and if you have any recommendations to add, contact me through the Arcane Shaman instagram page!

Decolonization Resources:

Other Terms to Research:

  • Colonization

  • Resurgence

  • Reconciliation

  • Culture Design

  • Ethnocentrism

  • Androcentrism


Unsettling Canada by Manuel, Arthur

The Right Relationship: Reimagining the Implementation of Historical Treaties by John Borrows

The Reconciliation Manifesto by Manuel, Arthur

As We Have Always Done by Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake

Indigenous Nationhood by by Palmater, Pamela D.

Unsettling the Settler Within by Regan, Paulette

Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal by Ladner, Kiera L.

Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada by Battell Lowman, Emma

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada by Vowel, Chelsea

Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism by Barnd, Natchee Blu

Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Coulthard, Glen Sean

Decolonizing Methodologies by Smith, Linda Tuhiwai

On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis by Mignolo, Walter D.


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