Episode 5 Reading for Decolonization

DSC_0003We’ve finally got some new content – episode 5 can be heard here!

In this episode we explore reading Indigenous literature in Canada/Turtle Island as settlers and what it can mean to read towards decolonizing ourselves and the land. Books we discuss here are The Break by Katherena Vermette, Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, and A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage. It’s a bit of a change to include a piece of non-fiction in the mix, but we think it helps as we work through our responsibilities as settlers and treaty people as they relate to the practice of sharing stories.

For an even deeper dive, take a look at this amazing interview between Black Canadian author Dionne Brand and Nishnaabeg author Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on Indigenous creativity and the need for a decolonial lens to CanLit.

We’re just starting on this journey, and there are lots of other voices and stories to listen to and tell.  Here’s our working list of other Indigenous authors we’ve read/want to read more of: Leanne Simpson, Thompson Highway, Thomas King, Lee Maracle, Cherie Dimaline, Carleigh Baker, Teresa Marie Mailhot, Richard Wagamese, Rosanna Deerchild.

Help us add to this list with suggestions in comments.


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