by Chaya Go
On November 29, 2014, a crowd gathered at Burnaby Mountain, unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. The event was a celebration after blockades sustained for over 3 months by Burnaby residents and First Nation members succeeded in pressuring Kinder Morgan to remove equipment and stop survey work for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline. To date, the blockade on site has been officially dismantled while grassroots communities remain vigilant. Read more…
by Ariel Smith
I’m a filmmaker and an artist. I am also a Nehiyaw Iskwew, and a survivor of girlhood abuse and exploitation. These facts are at the root of my practice and have influenced how I see most everything in the world: colonialism, gender, relationships, economics, class, social hierarchies, feminism. My lived experiences with difference and marginalization form the basis for much of my film and video work.
By Naomi Sayers
As I sit here drafting this, I am wondering what can I write that I haven’t already written, or that other people haven’t already stated elsewhere? There isn’t much more that I can say, or that we can say collectively. It is now 25 years since the first march in Vancouver’s downtown east side called for action to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And now, 25 years later, we still march, we still write, we still shout…who is listening?
by Eric Ritskes
Black life, Blackness, “Black holding on, Black making a way out of no way” is always in excess of the antiblack settler colonial state. And, in its excess, it is always threatening to the order and sense making of the state.
This excess is carried in and on the bodies of Black peoples, it is embodied and illegible to the state, unable to be incorporated into Whiteness, and is thus always present before, beyond and against the state. Blackness as excess is, as Alex Weheliye explains, a fleshy excess. It spills over and protrudes; it cannot be contained. It is always escaping. It is always already too much.
In each of three most recent cases of Black death to garner mass mainstream media attention – the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice – the bodily excess of the victims was used as a reason for their murder, as justification for their death. This excess was not articulated as the excess of their Blackness – which becomes unspeakable (and unthought) in the antiblack state – but through their physical size, the sheer embodied physicality of their presence, through how much literal space they occupied. Not only did their physical size exceed normative White body standards, but it became one way to speak of the excess of their Black bodies and how, through their excess, they were justifiably murderable.
by Manu Vimalassery
As many of us know, thousands of individual scholars and several scholarly associations within the U.S. and beyond have publicly declared a boycott and censure of the University of Illinois, for its firing of Steven Salaita. In its immediate aims – Salaita’s reinstatement, with damages, and sanctions for the Chancellor and Board of Trustees – the boycott has failed. And yet, the boycott continues. The boycott of the University of Illinois has been organized in the name of academic freedom and faculty governance. If the above conditions are met (which would be a huge movement from where things stand now), are we to imagine that academic freedom and faculty governance are now operative (if they ever were) at the University of Illinois? As Jakeet Singh put it, “The university’s largely unprecedented step of violating the autonomy of the hiring unit… is paternalistic and treats the hiring unit as incompetent in their decision making.” Are academic freedom and faculty governance the borders of strategic possibility in our critique of U.S. higher education?
2014 was the first year that Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society published three full issues! Each issue requires an incredible amount of collaboration, effort and community and increasing out output was not an easy task. A large part of being able to do this relies on the community who acts as peer-reviewers for each of our submissions. This is a largely thankless, yet vital, part of what we do as an academic, peer-reviewed journal that seeks to ‘infiltrate’ the world of scholarly publication, demonstrating that Indigenous and decolonization scholarship is cutting-edge, rigorous, vital and important – and that this scholarship comes in many shapes and forms!
We wish to publicly thank all of the people, the incredible group of scholars and intellectuals, who acted as peer-reviewesr for one of the three issues we published in 2014. They are (in alphabetic order):
We’ve published our newest journal issue – as always, open access and available for everyone to read, download and share!
It is a special issue on Indigenous land-based education, guest edited by Matthew Wildcat, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, Glen Coulthard and Mandee McDonald. It features a wide array of land-based education projects through articles, short stories, video and poetry. Below is the Table of Content and click HERE to read the issue!