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Red Skin, White Masks by Glen Sean Coulthard
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it was amazing
bookshelves: library-ebook, morality, indigenous, political, social-comment, community, environment-activism
Recommended for: Residents on Turtle Island

Compelling arguments and examples to transform the reality.
“…those struggling against colonialism must ‘turn away’ from the colonial state and society and instead find in their own decolonial praxisthe source of their liberation.”
our cultural practices have much to offer regarding the establishment of relationships within and between peoples and the natural world built on principles of reciprocity and respectful coexistence…the ethic of reciprocity and sharing underlying Dene understandings of their relationship with land…this relational conception of identity was nonnegotiable…it also demanded that we conduct ourselves in accordance with certain ethico-political norms(:) sharing, egalitarianism, respect…obligations…
“the reason the Crown agreed to get into the land-claims business in the first place was to ‘extinguish the broad and undefined rights and title claims of First Nations
Any visit to the North will unequivocally demonstrate the degree to which state and industry have been able to coopt the discourse of ‘sustainable’ to push their shared vision of economic development.”
…a sign of our critical consciousness,of our sense of justice and injustice, and of our awareness and unwillingness to reconcile ourselves with a structural and symbolic violence that is still very much present in our lives.”
“because colonialism tends to solidify its gains by normalizing the injustices it has perpetrated against the colonized population through a direct attack on the integrity of precontact history and culture, it follows that strategies that attempt to break the stranglehold of of this subjection through practices of cultural self-affirmation can play an important role in anticolonial struggle as long as they remain grounded and oriented toward a change in the social structure of colonialism itself.”
“the practices are directly undertaken by the subjects of colonial oppression themselves and seek to produce an immediate power effect: second they are undertaken in a way that indicates a loosening of internalized colonialism, which is itself a precondition for any meaningful change; and third, they are prefigurative in the sense that they build the skills and social relationships(including those with the land) that are required…
society, including indigenous society and particularly Indigenous men, stop collectively conducting ourselves in a manner that denigrates, degrades, and devalues the lives and worth of Indigenous women in such a way that epidemic levels of violence are the norm in too many of their lives.
…a resurgent politics of recognition that seeks to practice decolonial, gender-emancipatory, and economically nonexploitive alternative structures of law and sovereign authority grounded on a critical refashioning of the best of Indigenous legal and political traditions.
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Reading Progress

February 5, 2015 – Shelved
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
June 23, 2017 – Started Reading
June 23, 2017 – Shelved as: library-ebook
June 23, 2017 – Shelved as: morality
June 23, 2017 – Shelved as: indigenous
June 23, 2017 – Shelved as: political
June 23, 2017 – Shelved as: social-comment
June 24, 2017 – Shelved as: community
June 24, 2017 – Shelved as: environment-activism
June 24, 2017 – Finished Reading

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