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As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance

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Winner: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association's BestSubsequent Book 2017
Honorable Mention:Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award 2017

Across North America, Indigenous acts of resistance have in recent years opposed the removal of federal protections for forests and waterways in Indigenous lands, halted the expansion of tar sands extraction and the
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by University of Minnesota Press
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Jacob Wren
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson writes:

Kinetics, the act of doing, isn’t just praxis; it also generates and animates theory within Indigenous contexts, and it is the crucial intellectual mode for generating knowledge. Theory and praxis, story and practice are interdependent, cogenerators of knowledge. Practices are politics. Processes are governance. Doing produces more knowledge. The idea is repeated over and over again in Nishnaabeg story and for me ultimately come from the Seven Fires creation
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first I struggled to get into it but after a while it became easier, as if I were entering into another person's stream of consciousness moving from thought to thought. It was a experience into a world I had little knowledge of. One might call the first few section a little top heavy in terms though but looking back personally I found them to be an important primer to follow the discussion that comprises the rest of the book.

Society gives many of us undeserved and wrongly privileged position
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first Leanne Simpson work. A dense but compelling read. Her arguments are well-presented if sometimes verbose.
I saw Simpson speak back in the spring, after having already been introduced to her through this book. She is a marvellous speaker and a fascinating academic. I will continue to explore her work for more insight into Indigenous resistance and resurgence.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful and important theoretical framework for decolonization.

Simpson centers Indigenous feminist and queer thought with land-based methodologies, laws and knowledge systems to propose radical resurgence as a grounding normative framework for Indigenous mobilization. Her writing is compelling and persuasive, and inspiring in the vision it presents of a resistance that has the courage to operate within a worldview and knowledge system seen as alternative to the dominant paradigm — a return to
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
An amazing look into Indigenous resurgence and resistance. Very illuminating for Western postcolonial scholars in the ways it decenters settler-colonizer action in the process of decolonization (this should be obvious, but believe me, it is not).
I felt particularly inspired by her notions of grounding and relationality.
Mary McDonough
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rifkin
This book is incredible. Everyone should read it.
Theo James
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a non-Indigenous person living in Ontario, Canada I read this book as part of a broader effort to better understand the true history of colonialism and to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous people; as such, I don’t really feel that I am in any position to provide a critique of this book. However, I enjoyed it immensely and learned a great deal from it and I wanted to capture some of what I learned here for future reflection.

In terms of history, this book is a must read for all
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the in-depth theoretical nature of this book. I was surprised, and not because it is writen by an Indigenous Female, but because I think the blurb doesn't stress the smartness of the book at all. And while readers like myself may be excited by the intellectual sharpness and rigor, others may be turned off and find it not grounded enough in Western/White People-relational theoy and praxis. I wrote down more in the first half of the book than the latter half, as I found the fist ...more
Sherri Anderson
I thought there was good information in parts of the book. I also thought there was a lot of redundancy. I am not sure I agree with everything she states but I don't have the same history as the writer.
Magdalena Milosz
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"As We Have Always Done" is a stellar read into Indigenous resurgences in the present and recent past to which we should all pay attention, non-Indigenous folks included. Although, as I mentioned in the book club I'm part of, I sometimes felt that this book was not for me, in the sense that I do not constitute its main intended audience, I also feel this self-induced othering creates a healthy space of learning. Simpson is here laying out theories grounded in Indigenous intelligences and ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most resonating works I've ever read, forging resistance against the entwined forces of colonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, with a radical resurgence centred on living relationships with the land; engaging with stories; constellating with communities that do not replicate anti-Blackness, transphobia, anti-queerness; embracing the foundational Nishnaabeg ethics of consent, noninterference, respect for self-determination, and diversity.

Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me on the subject of climate change, but I was also interested in its core discussion of "indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state, including heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation."

I'm using quotes from the book jacket here rather than my own thoughts out of respect for the fact that I am not the intended audience of the book, and I would rather it speak for itself about what it is about.

One of the
Leigh Anne
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not like that, like this

Simpson affirms her own, and her people's, right to sovereignty within the context of what she calls "grounded normativity". As the title tells the reader right up front, this is not anything new or eye-popping, unless you don't have or respect that perspective in the first place: Indigenous people exist, she says. This is how this particular group exists, these are the constraints we suffer, these are the things that have hurt us, this is how we survive, this is how we
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many things to think about, so much to absorb and so many quotes to share from this book.

“We need to be willing to take on white supremacy, gender violence, heteropatriarchy, and anti-Blackness within our movement. We need to be willing to develop personal relationships with other communities of coresistors beyond white allies. We need to develop these as place-based constellations of theory and practice because when we put our energy into building constellations of coresistance within
Nom Chompsky
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The only theory-genre nuisance of this book is the necessary steps Simpson has to take to refuse critiques about her writing being “soft theory,” otherwise this is an incredible ‘conceptual window’ into a lot of really great thinking and practice. My favourite chapters touch on Kwe and Indigenous Queer Normativity (where anti-queerness=auto-genecide), but the entire book builds on Nishnaabeg Brilliance / Grounded Normativity in a really great clear way. I picked this up to present a seminar on a ...more
Big Al
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While this is an excellent overview of the Radical Resurgence Project, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson taught me so much about life in general throughout this generous, creative, and inspirational book. She turns scholarship on its head in the best way possible!
Ruby Stacey
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will definitely be revisiting this! Our "Flight paths out of colonialism" must come from within Indigenous thought and ways of being. For “… settler colonialism will always define the issues with a solution that reentrenches its own power.”
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads! Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a highly educated scholar so it was a little tough to read through and understand her teachings in this book about Indigenous Peoples' rights but it was well worth the perseverance, a good read.
Glennys Egan
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Required reading for all Canadians.
Rosemin Nathoo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely essential.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it several times!

Brilliant. Conversational and strong. Grounded and well-researched... In its own way of embodied research. Genuinely worth a slow read, then repeated.
Megan Cartier
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. It is one I will go back to again and again.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Residents of Turtle Island
Deeply engaging manifesto. Illuminating.
"My Ancestors didn’t accumulate capital, they accumulated networks of meaningful, deep, fluid, intimate collective and individual relationships of trust."
Wow, this book is quite dense to get through but once you make it it'll blow your mind.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-my-mfa
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leanne’s words are powerful medicine for the soul.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this

This is a very important book, I really learned a lot. It's important to listen to indigenous voices. Made me more hopeful
Mallory Whiteduck
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phd-list
This is a trove of concepts grounded in Anishinabe ways. So much to work with and plenty of examples of how they work on the ground.
Scott Neigh
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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is “a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism.” In 2014, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King, ...more
“… settler colonialism will always define the issues with a solution that reentrenches its own power.” 2 likes
“Recognition for us is about presence, about profound listening, and about recognizing and affirming the light in each other as a mechanism for nurturing and strengthening internal relationships to our Nishnaabeg worlds. It is a core part of our political systems because they are rooted in our bodies and our bodies are not just informed by but created and maintained by relationships of deep reciprocity. Our bodies exist only in relation to Indigenous complex, nonlinear constructions of time, space, and place that are continually rebirthed through the practice and often coded recognition of obligations and responsibilities within a nest of diversity, freedom, consent, noninterference, and a generated, proportional, emergent reciprocity.” 0 likes
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