Re/envisioning Indigenous-non-Indigenous RelationshipsBook - 2010
Alliances delves into the complex political and personal relationships inherent in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous struggles for social justice to provide insights into the tensions and possibilities of Indigenous-non-Indigenous alliance and coalition-building in the early twenty-first century.
When Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists work together, what are the ends that they seek, and how do they negotiate their relationships while pursuing social change? Alliances brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, activists, and scholars in order to examine their experiences of alliance-building for Indigenous rights and self-determination and for social and environmental justice.
The contributors, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, come from diverse backgrounds as community activists and academics. They write from the front lines of struggle, from spaces of reflection rooted in past experiences, and from scholarly perspectives that use emerging theories to understand contemporary instances of alliance. Some contributors reflect on methods of mental decolonization while others use Indigenous concepts of respectful relationships in order to analyze present-day interactions. Most importantly, Alliances delves into the complex political and personal relationships inherent in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous struggles for social justice to provide insights into the tensions and possibilities of Indigenous-non-Indigenous alliance and coalition-building in the early twenty-first century.
Scholars and practitioners in social and environmental sciences, arts, and other fields explore mechanisms by which non-Indigenous people pursuing social and environmental justice can work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples without replicating the colonial relations that continue to characterize the broader frame of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Canada today. Among their perspectives are Iroquoian condolences practiced on a civic scale, the successes and challenges of building grassroots relations between the Chippewas of Nawash and their allies to win fishing rights, re-envisioning collaborative conservation through indigenous knowledge in Guyana, and reflections on the politics of neighborliness in aboriginal/white alliance-building from the fishing wars of 1995. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)