Proposal Title

SESSION 2 [Panel]: Building Solidarities Between (Immigrant) Settlers of Colour and the Indigenous Peoples of this Land

Presentation Type

Panel, roundtable, or workshop

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

3-5-2019 3:15 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 4:45 PM

Disciplines

Ethnic Studies | Humane Education | Indigenous Education | Indigenous Studies

Abstract

The purpose of this session is to spark a much needed conversation, especially in a time of the TRC's calls to action. In general, discourse around reconciliations, in the context of BC, has operated within an indigenous-non-indigenous binary, where non-indigenous bodies are presumed to be white. Beyond this binary, there are people of colour who occupy a different space. On the one hand, many people of colour have some understandings around experiences of racism and perhaps even white settler colonialism or imperialism (depending largely on the situations and places they left or fled from to be in Canada), which presents powerful opportunities of solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of this land. Yet, on the other hand, people of colour are also settlers - "tolerated" and "allowed" by white settlers - whose decision it should have never been - to be on this land and in this place. As settlers, people of colour benefit from colonialism, a difference that is important to situate and deconstruct so as to be better allies with Indigenous peoples of this land and their ongoing experiences of settler colonialism. This is where this conversation begins. We invite immigrant settlers of colour and indigenous peoples of this land to enter into conversation with one another with the purpose of finding commonalities in how we've been othered, and more importantly build new solidarities especially so that non-indigenous racialized peoples can better learn to develop and maintain their relationships with the indigenous peoples of this land and with this land that they settled upon.

Description

The purpose of this session is to spark a much needed conversation, especially in a time of the TRC's calls to action. In general, discourse around reconciliations, in the context of BC, has operated within an indigenous-non-indigenous binary, where non-indigenous bodies are presumed to be white. Beyond this binary, there are people of colour who occupy a different space. On the one hand, many people of colour have some understandings around experiences of racism and perhaps even white settler colonialism or imperialism (depending largely on the situations and places they left or fled from to be in Canada), which presents powerful opportunities of solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of this land. Yet, on the other hand, people of colour are also settlers - "tolerated" and "allowed" by white settlers - whose decision it should have never been - to be on this land and in this place. As settlers, people of colour benefit from colonialism, a difference that is important to situate and deconstruct so as to be better allies with Indigenous peoples of this land and their ongoing experiences of settler colonialism. This is where this conversation begins. We invite immigrant settlers of colour and indigenous peoples of this land to enter into conversation with one another with the purpose of finding commonalities in how we've been othered, and more importantly build new solidarities especially so that non-indigenous racialized peoples can better learn to develop and maintain their relationships with the indigenous peoples of this land and with this land that they settled upon.

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

SESSION 2 [Panel]: Building Solidarities Between (Immigrant) Settlers of Colour and the Indigenous Peoples of this Land

IB 1020

The purpose of this session is to spark a much needed conversation, especially in a time of the TRC's calls to action. In general, discourse around reconciliations, in the context of BC, has operated within an indigenous-non-indigenous binary, where non-indigenous bodies are presumed to be white. Beyond this binary, there are people of colour who occupy a different space. On the one hand, many people of colour have some understandings around experiences of racism and perhaps even white settler colonialism or imperialism (depending largely on the situations and places they left or fled from to be in Canada), which presents powerful opportunities of solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of this land. Yet, on the other hand, people of colour are also settlers - "tolerated" and "allowed" by white settlers - whose decision it should have never been - to be on this land and in this place. As settlers, people of colour benefit from colonialism, a difference that is important to situate and deconstruct so as to be better allies with Indigenous peoples of this land and their ongoing experiences of settler colonialism. This is where this conversation begins. We invite immigrant settlers of colour and indigenous peoples of this land to enter into conversation with one another with the purpose of finding commonalities in how we've been othered, and more importantly build new solidarities especially so that non-indigenous racialized peoples can better learn to develop and maintain their relationships with the indigenous peoples of this land and with this land that they settled upon.