Updated: Jan 29
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!
Other Terms to Research:
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.
Decolonization Reading List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hrxir_IMWU48ye1_WuIEF4DvxQ1R7HOEY1kiIaSk9Tk
Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization: http://fpse.ca/decolonization_manual_whose_land_is_it_anyway
What Is Decolonization And Why Does It Matter?: https://intercontinentalcry.org/what-is-decolonization-and-why-does-it-matter/
Decolonization and Indigenization: https://opentextbc.ca/indigenizationfrontlineworkers/chapter/decolonization-and-indigenization/
What is decolonization? What is Indigenization?: https://www.queensu.ca/ctl/teaching-support/decolonizing-and-indigenizing/what-decolonizationindigenization
A Brief Definition of Decolonization and Indiginization: https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/a-brief-definition-of-decolonization-and-indigenization
A City in California Gave Land Back to Indigenous People. It’s a Start.: https://talkpoverty.org/2019/10/30/california-land-back-indigenous/
International Decades for the Eradication of Colonialism: https://www.un.org/dppa/decolonization/en/history/international-decades
Treaties in Canada: Education Guide: http://education.historicacanada.ca/files/31/Treaties_English.pdf
Until Canada gives Indigenous people their land back, there can never be reconciliation: https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2017/01/until-canada-gives-indigenous-people-their-land-back-there-ca
Briarpatch Land Back Issue: https://briarpatchmagazine.com/issues/view/september-october-2020
LAND BACK! What do we mean?: http://4rsyouth.ca/land-back-what-do-we-mean/
Decolonizing both researcher and research and its effectiveness in Indigenous research by Ranjan Datta: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1747016117733296
Decolonizing Globalization Studies by Patricia Richards https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/globalsouth.8.2.139
Decoloniality Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decoloniality
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