Reconciliation: “Like an Echo Turned Inside Out”

Reading reconciliation through Dimaline's dystopic novel, The Marrow Thieves Read more

The Theatre of Regret: Establishing the Politics of Reconciliation after World War II

An immense wave of anti-colonial and anti-imperial activity, thought, and revision has overtaken the massive edifice of Western empire, challenging it, to use Gramsci’s vivid metaphor, in a mutual siege. For the first time Westerners have been required to confront... Read more

“What’s A Story Like You Doing In A Place Like This?”: Cyberspace, New Media and Indigenous Speculative Fiction

For many uninformed readers Indigenous Science Fiction (sf) is an oxymoron. But Indigenous authors, programmers and artists have been imaging futures in speculative fiction and the digital for decades. Read more

“Doughnut holes”: Speculative Fiction, Myths of Dystopia and the Settler State of Exception

Nalo Hopkinson's speculative fiction novel Brown Girl in the Ring is a fictionalized extension of the on-going court battle between the Canadian state and the Teme-Augama of Northern Ontario. Read through the lens of redress and reconciliation it provides unique insight into… Read more

Traditional Innovation: The Turn to a Decolonial New Media Studies

Skawennati. Time Traveller 852 Face-Off As a teacher, one of the core issues I run up against with my students in Indigenous literature and Indigenous studies classes is what Thomas King calls “the Dead Indian” (55): the fallacious notion that... Read more

“Riding English”: Tradition and Innovation in Louise Bernice Halfe’s Blue Marrow

The poetry of Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe demonstrates how Indigenous authors and poets "ride" Western forms in order to evoke healing and resurgence . Read more

Narrative Tectonics: A Settler Scholar in Indigenous Studies

My name is David Gaertner and I live and work as a guest on the unceeded, traditional and ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people. This is a true story of how a white guy started working in Indigenous studies.... Read more

Indigenous in Cyberspace: Hospitality and Kevin Lee Burton’s God’s Lake Narrows

Collage of interior shots from Gods Lake Narrows In 2010 Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree) and Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) unveiled RESERVE(d) to the Winnipeg arts scene. RESERVE(d) welcomed “northern” guests into the homes of the residents of God’s Lake Narrows,... Read more

sehtoskakew: “Aboriginal Principles of Witnessing” in the Canadian TRC

Witnessing and testimony are an essential component of every Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Canadian TRC is no exception. However, these key terms are ideologically loaded and have historically excluded Indigenous knowledge systems (for instance Delgamuukw v. British Columbia).... Read more

“Memories and Songs”: The Work of Mourning in I Knew Two Métis Women

Gregory Scofield’s I Knew Two Métis Women mourns the loss of a mother and an aunt. The title itself, in its use of the past tense, alerts the reader to the book’s function as eulogy. The series of poems that follow... Read more