Repression, Horror and the Settler Gothic

The horror novel ‘says, in a symbolic way, things we would be afraid to say right out straight… it offers us a chance to exercise… emotions which society demands we keep closely at hand.’ —Stephen King In the British Gothic... Read more

Review of Katherena Vermette’s river woman

Toronto: Anansi, 2018. Pp. 118. Softcover, $19.95. I need to hear the stories of the river about when she was young and her brown water clean loved -Katherena Vermette, “riverstory” The Red River, the focus of Katherena Vermette’s second book... Read more

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 Futurism

For many uninformed readers Indigenous Science Fiction (sf) is an oxymoron. It isn’t simply that these readers balk at the thought of an Indigenous person in outer space (although these representations are few and far between in mainstream media); when... Read more

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

“‘How do you mean, ‘doughnut hole’?’ Ti-Jeanne had asked. ‘That’s what they call it when an inner city collapses and people run into the suburbs” (Brown Girl in the Ring 11). Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring is an award-winning, speculative... 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

At the beginning of the long poem Blue Marrow, âcimowinis (the keeper of the stories) imagines and introduces nôhkom Emma, a strong-willed, adventurous, grandmother whom, because of her own light skin, the narrator guesses married a white man. âcimowinis has never met nôhkom Emma, and colonialism has fragmented and... 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