Proposal Title

SESSION 1.3: A Settler Poet and Reconciliation

Presentation Type

Individual paper


IB 1010

Start Date

3-5-2019 3:15 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 4:45 PM




From my retreat on Rose Hill, I write about ruins. Rose Hill is my liminal: on unceded territories, shared traditional lands of the Nlaka'pamux and Secwepemc First Nations, land straddling urban and rural, dream and waking, harsh and magical. Humans build shelters, belief systems and relationships for comfort, but structures both physical and conceptual, collapse.

Inspired by contemplation of place, I cannot write honestly unless I enter into the spirit of Reconciliation, and for a settler that is uncomfortable and disorienting. Decolonizing the self requires examining the desire for land. My understanding of “property” now destabilized by acknowledgment that I am settler on territory only recently taken. I remember lines by Frederico Garcia Lorca: “… now I am no longer I / nor is my house now my house.”

While this is a creative and subjective approach, the topic is informed by the thought of: Lilburn, The Larger Conversation; Donald, “Forts, Curriculum, and Indigenous Métissage: Imagining Decolonization of Aboriginal-Canadian Relations in Educational Contexts” and Cannon, “Changing the Subject in Teacher Education: Centering Indigenous, Diasporic, and Settler Colonial Relations”.

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May 3rd, 3:15 PM May 3rd, 4:45 PM

SESSION 1.3: A Settler Poet and Reconciliation

IB 1010