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As We Have Always Done

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:15am to 1:10pm

Caldwell Hall, 400

In this ground-breaking follow up to the critically acclaimed Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, renowned Michi Saagiig NIshnaabeg academic, writer and musician,  Leanne Betasamosake Simpson recasts Indigenous resistance as a radical rejection of contemporary colonialism focused around the generative refusal of the dispossession of Indigenous bodies, minds and land. Simpson makes clear that the goal of our resistance project can no longer be cultural resurgence as a mechanism for inclusion in a multicultural mosaic. Instead, using story-telling, first person narrative, academic literature and Nishnaabeg intelligence, she calls for unapologetic, Indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state, including heteropatriarchy, white supremacy and capitalist exploitation. Rooted in a deep exploration of Nishnaabeg intellectual processes, theory and methodology, As We Have Always Done is a window into Indigenous worlds manifest through the collective embodiment of our theoretical practices. Centred on a generative refusal of colonial heteropatriarchy, gendered violence and an unapologetic call for Indigenous queer normativity, Simpson champions Nishnaabeg anti-capitalist thought and internationalism, new insights into Indigenous methodological and theoretical practices, movement building and mobilization. As We Have Always Done is a gift to the next generation of Indigenous feminists and breaks opens the door for scholars, activists and thinkers to boldly vision and realize radically different Indigenous presences. It simultaneously holds our relational nationhood and scholarship up, while raising the bar for our solidarity, organizing and action in the future.

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Lecture, Seminar


American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program


cascal, diversity, aip, cashum

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Urszula Piasta-Mansfield

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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

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Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Scholar, Writer and Artist

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