I have listened carefully to those who have criticized me and my work, and I have taken their messages to heart. My former partner, friends, and mentors such as Lee Maracle and Graham Smith have helped me understand the ways I embodied toxic masculinity and how I did wrong and harmed people because of it. I know that even as an Indigenous man who has battled against racism and colonialism, I carry old and harmful ways of thinking. I am grateful for folx who have awakened me to this fact and who are guiding me in the right direction. I am committed to doing better and recommitted to making positive contributions to the decolonization movement and the resurgence of Indigenous nations. I left academia because this work needs to be done in the context of my family and community, where it matters most. To everyone who has been impacted by my work as a scholar and a leader, I want you to know that I’m here, I’m listening and I am accountable.
This lecture tracing the evolution of Indigenous activism in North America was presented at Simon Fraser University’s Institute for the Humanities’ “Then and Now: 1968-2018 Conference” in Vancouver, BC on November 2, 2018:
From Red Power to Reconciliation
National Native title Conference – Darwin, Australia
Thursday, 2 June 2016
The presentation details the shortcomings of land claims processes and the limitations of “reconciliation” in Canada as a framework for advocating for justice and decolonizing the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the state. It outlines an alternative vision and set of strategic objectives of struggle that have emerged in response, framed as Indigenous Resurgence, which focus on restoring Indigenous presences on the land and water, reinvigorating language and traditional cultural practices, and strengthening Indigenous nationhood through the decolonization of family and inter-personal relationships.
Land Claims, Reconciliation, and the Resurgence of Indigenous Nationhood
Conférence du professeur Taiaiake Alfred (Université de Victoria, BC) prononcée dans le cadre du colloque “Civic Freedom in an Age of Diversity : James Tully’s Public Philosophy” qui s’est tenu du 24 au 26 avril 2014 à l’Université du Québec à Montréal.