Decolonization: A Primer

As the Covid-19 social solidarity measures were put in place in Quebec and elsewhere, the spring session that was supposed to take place at the National Theatre School has moved online. We will be using the Zoom platform, with its “breakout rooms” function to facilitate both large group interactions and 2 or 3 person work group discussions.

The session aims, still, to enable participants to speak and think clearly about decolonization as articulated by major Indigenous and allied thinkers in the field.

The downloadable PDFs on the next page of the readings listed below must remain behind the paywall corresponding to the participation fees we collect for the series, in part, to pay for and protect protect the copyright of the work we learn so much from.

To be clear, those participation fees allow Reading to Decolonize to cover the costs of copyright fees, guest speaker honoraria, travel and accommodation expenses, and administration fees, as needed, as well as to permit us to welcome those who can’t afford to contribute but wish to participate anyway. No one is turned away.

NB. S’il fallait que vous trouviez ou produisiez des traductions françaises de ce qui suit, veuillez nous transmettre la référence que nous puissions faire mieux fonctionner le group autant en français qu’en anglais. Merci.


Week 1 – 04.02           –           Reading to Decolonize, “On Reading Actively” and “Guidelines for Decolonization”.

Week 2 – 04.09           –           Adam J. Barker and Emma Battell Lowman, “Decolonization and Dangerous Freedom”, from Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada (2015).

Week 3 – 02.16           –           Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is not a Metaphor”, from Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society (2012).

Week 4 – 02.23           –           Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M Derrickson, “Constitution express”, “white to red paper”, and “battle in the forest”from Unsettling Canada : a national wakeup call (2015).

Week 5 – 02.30           –           Leanne  Betasamosake Simpson, “Land as pedagogy: Nishnaabeg intelligence and rebellious transformation”, from Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society (2014).

As always, if you have any questions about this session or the project itselt, about how you can participate or even run your own reading group using the materials we have collected, please write or