20 Books About Reconciliation in Canada

20 books about reconciliation in Canada and how to engage it critically and meaningfully. Read more

On Wonderworks and Indigenous World-Building: A Travel Guidebook Assignment for Darcy Little Badger’s Elatsoe

This in-class exercise is based on Darcy Little Badger’s novel Elatsoe and chapter four of Daniel Heath Justice’s Why Indigenous Literatures Matter Indigenous wonderworks are neither strictly “fantasy” nor “realism,” but maybe both at once, or something else entirely, although... Read more

“How can I share this?”: Sky Dancer Louise Halfe and the Poetics of Residential Schools

Is it possible to represent residential schools in literature? What are the poetics of reconciliation? Louise Halfe's work illustrates the labour and love of Indigenous poetry amongst the imposed silence of colonialism. Read more

“A soul-deep desolation:” Reconciliation and the Vacuum of Unstoried Existence

Excerpted from The Theatre of Regret: Art, Literature, and the Politics of Reconciliation While it is intimately, and, perhaps, impossibly, entwined with Christian ideology and Western politics, the idea of reconciliation does not belong to the Western theory alone. Indigenous... Read more

Forgiveness, “a thousand pound word”: the Literature of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

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Richard Wagamese was one of the premier authors of forgiveness and reconciliation in Canada. What do his novels tell of about the TRC? Read more

Theatre of Regret Now Available in Paperback

The Theatre of Regret is now available in paperback from UBC Press. Read more

“How do I play these?” (with your thumbs, asshole): playing Indigenous Video Games

For me, the process of writing about Indigenous games begins with thinking about the relationship between gaming, code, and settler colonialism, as well as the ways in which I am complicit in what I call digitālis nullius, the erasure of… Read more

Indigenous Digital Poetics: Joshua Whitehead’s Full-Metal Indigiqueer

Joshua Whitehead’s inaugural book of poetry, Full-Metal Indigiqueer is a series of poems told through Zoa, a trickster figure rendered through the lens of technology. Whitehead combines the figures of the singularity, virus, and hacker into a narrator that inhabits... Read more

Strategic Plans for the Apocalypse: The Marrow Thieves in the Classroom

The Marrow Thieves and Education Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves ends with a new beginning. While capitalist-driven climate change is leading to the decimation of settler nation states (and the rapid decline of the settler population), the protagonist, French, is... Read more

Review of Katherena Vermette’s river woman

I need to hearthe stories of the riverabout when she was youngand her brown watercleanloved-Katherena Vermette, “riverstory” The Red River, the focus of Katherena Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman,  begins its journey north at the confluence of the... Read more