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Building on some of his recent work on the topic, Darryl will be presenting an analysis of emerging efforts to indigenize otherwise non-Indigenous people in Québec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Whether in the case of self-styled “métis” groups in QC or Nova Scotia asserting Aboriginal rights, or in the Algonquins of Ontario comprehensive land claim process, French-settler people increasingly turn to a single, long-ago ancestor in the 1600s to become Indigenous. With dozens of organizations founded in the past half-generation to represent such individuals, the issue has taken on particularly significant social and political urgency, as these organizations often manifest open contempt for actual Indigenous peoples in the present. Accordingly, we'll explore how settler self-indigenization is not simply a benign question related to identity politics, but a fundamental question related to Indigenous self-determination, one that requires systematic analysis and intervention.
Thursday, December 7 2017
@ 25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor
Please register online or in store at 116 Third Ave. Ottawa
Space is limited!
Darryl Leroux has been working on the dynamics of racism and colonialism in Québec and French Canada for the past decade-and-a-half. His most recent work has turned to efforts by the descendants of the first French settlers (circa 1600s) to reclaim an Indigenous identity, which he argues builds on longstanding efforts to subsume Indigenous peoples. He is a visiting professor in the Département de sociologie at l’Université de Montréal (2017-2018) and associate professor in social justice and community studies at Saint Mary’s University (Kjipuktuk/Halifax). His academic research has been published in scholarly journals such as Ethnic & Racial Studies, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, Culture and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. All are available at his website. If you prefer, you can listen to a July 2017 interview on the Media Indigena podcast (Part I, Part II) or a presentation from March 2015 in Saskatoon. He recommends that you familiarize yourself with the topic of (white) settler self-indigenization in preparation for the workshop at Octopus.