Fort Edmonton Park Talks Decolonization

I was invited to give two short sessions on the politics of voice and decolonization last week to the folks at Fort Edmonton Park. Considering they ran from 8:30-9:30am (which is really early to talk about such heavy topics), the participants were incredibly enthusiastic and engaged. I really enjoyed our discussions and I know we only scratched the surface. At their request, here is a starter reading list on the topic. Warning: some of them are pretty academic (life hack: you can get a lot just by reading the intros)! Please feel free to suggest more great books for Canada and beyond in the comments section!



  • Daniel Francis, The Imaginary Indian and National Dreams
  • Dwayne Donald, Edmonton Pentimento: Re-Reading History in the Case of the Papaschase Cree
  • Claudio Saunt, Black, white, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family
  • Victoria Freeman, Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America
  • Alexandra Harmon, Indians in the Making: Ethnic Relations and Indian Identities around Puget Sound
  • Paige Raibmon, Authentic Indians: Episodes of Encounter from the Late-nineteenth-century Northwest Coast
  • Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
  • Philip Deloria, Indians in Unexpected Places
  • Kathleen Jamieson: Indian women and the law in Canada: Citizens Minus
  • Bonita Lawrence, “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood
  • Taiaiake Alfred, Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto
  • Eva Garroutte, Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe


I also think fiction can be as useful and powerful as nonfiction; here are a few writers (and titles) on my to-read list in both genres:

  • Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian
  • Lee Maracle
  • Joseph Boyden


And don’t forget the awesome radio interviews out there!


*thanks to Paige Raibmon and Joy Dixon for introducing me to many of these works during my time in UBC’s History Department

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