Pleased to have you all contributing to this page by sending information about and descriptions of things to read, screen, and attend that offer us further occasions to reflect on our own understandings of the relation between settler-colonial and Indigenous sovereignties, please enjoy what we have collected so far, below.
1. Rachel shared this video, as background both to the session as a whole and to the map we handed out. “Inuit Nunangat 101”. An Introduction to Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit Homeland, and it several different regions. Posted on YouTube by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (www.itk.ca)
Here is the map, for those who were not present:
2. Nicole, who had also shared the YellowHead, “Dear Qallunaat” document, rightly thought we might find this video of interest on the subject of decolonization more broadly, produced by RNZ, the New Zealand equivalent of CBC1. “What is Decolonisation?” illustrated and animated by Dan Mace, written by Kahu Kutia and voiced by Shannon Haunui-Thompson. The music is Lali (P. Free) performed by Paddy Free, courtesy of Paddy Free, publishing by Native Tongue Music Publishing.
3. You may have noticed a change in the lineup for week 2, whereby selections from the Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC)’s community histories was removed. Indeed, the Final report and Community Histories produced by the 2007 to 2010, Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC), surely deserve a session all to themselves, which we will no doubt require the collaboration of a knowledgeable collaborator or two. Certainly, we it seemed impossible to do them justice in the little time left after the screening of Arctic Defenders. In the meantime, these and other documents represent an important archive worth any amount of time spent reading.
4. Knowing that Althea Arnaquq-Baril (at Unikkaat Studios) produced Arctic Defenders, it seemed an apt moment to share a recommendation of her Angry Inuk (2016), which is also about Inuit seal hunting and how integral this practice is for Inuit across the circumpolar North. It is a full length documentary–so not ideal for screening during our meetings–but is such a great film. To be seen (or reseen) any chance you get.