Colonial logics at play

In Canada, treaties, whether between the French and English or Indigenous peoples and settlers, were the legal means recognized by colonial law through which settlers’ territorially acquired land. Indeed, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, itself an agreement between the British and the French, necessitated the use of treaties for the British Crown to acquire Indigenous […]

Newly emerging geographies

Due, perhaps, to settlers’ unquestioned right to land Canada, they often neglect to position themselves within the socio-political and legal realm of treaties. Settlers’ omission from the ‘Indian Land Question’ – whether addressed through title, treaty negotiation, or treaty obligation – is one consequence of an underlying inequitable and stagnated relationship that exists between Indigenous […]

Paddling away from a sinking ship

The Two-Row Wampum Belt, or Guswentha, depicts two ships travelling down the same river. Although every aspect of the belt has deeply engrained cultural and political meanings – the colour of the beads used, the number of beads, the ceremonies that surrounded the agreement – an extremely simplified interpretation of this covenant is one of […]

Towards an anti-colonial anarchism

The languages that we speak build walls. The English language, for instance, is noun-based, territorial and possessive by nature. Behind this language, however, is a distinct way of relating – one that is exemplified by the interview excerpt above. Sharing a language does not imply consensus or commonality. In this case, although Taiake Alfred does […]

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