- Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
- ISBN: 9781552667781
- Price: $18.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Aug 2015
- Rights: World
- Pages: 128
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Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada
Canadians, despite our reputation for liberalism, multiculturalism and friendliness, remain deeply entangled in the violence of colonialism. The “Indian problem” continues to occupy the attention of political leaders across the nation, and from the comment sections of online news sites to the streets of Edmonton or Thunder Bay, Canadians too often respond with violence, prejudice and fear. In Settler, Barker and Battell Lowman declare that Canada does not have an “Indian problem,” but rather that Canada has a Settler problem: the large majority of Canadians are Settler people; their diverse pasts and collective presents are rooted in stolen land, and their identities are dependent on settler colonialism, which seeks no less than the elimination of Indigenous identities.
Providing a comprehensive but accessible look at the relationships between Canada and Indigenous nations, this book re-examines the taken-for-granted narratives of “peaceful” Canadian settlement and asserts that colonization, far from being absent or over, actually defines contemporary political, economic and cultural life in Canada. Indeed, decolonization, the authors argue, is a pathway to a radically different future for Settlers, and for Canada as a whole. Settler Canadians have the opportunity and responsibility to find new ways of being on the land with respect for resurgent Indigenous nationhood.
“Both callous and empathetic approaches to indigenous dysfunction have always focused on the Indian ‘problem.’ And yet, settler colonialism as a mode of domination is fundamentally constituted by the unequal relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous collectives. This book finally focuses on the real ‘problem.’ It was hidden in plain sight all along: the settler.”
— Lorenzo Veracini, associate professor of history and politics, Swinburne University of Technology, author of Settler Colonialism
“Forever” by Janet Rogers
Introduction: Why Say Settler
Canada and Settler Colonialism
It’s Always All About the Land
“Settling” Our Differences
Fear, Complicity and Productive Discomfort
Decolonization and Dangerous Freedom
About the Authors
Adam J. Barker holds a PhD in human geography from the University of Leicester, UK, and an MA in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. He is a Settler Canadian originally from the borderlands of Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory near Hamilton, Ontario.
Emma Battell Lowman has a PhD in sociology and history from the University of Warwick, UK, and holds an MA in history from the University of Victoria. She is a trans-Atlantic Settler of both Canadian and British nationalities.