What Does Justice Look Like?
INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES IN THE ERA OF HYPER-EXPLOITATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
We live in an era in which the problems arising from treating Indigenous Peoples as expendable and the land as a resource to exploit are becoming more apparent every day. As industrial civilization desperately seeks to squeeze every last drop of oil from the earth and mine every last resource, Indigenous homelands remain the targets. Further, as the planet warms and becomes increasingly toxic, more species go extinct and ecosystems collapse, threatening the survival of all life on the planet. In this crisis situation, how do we educate Indigenous people and communities about a course of action that will support our survival? In exploring the links between decolonization and justice, this presentation will contend that the possibility of Indigenous survival and resurgence rests in our capacity to recover our sustainable ways of being and to engage in fierce, uncompromising protection of our homelands.
Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist committed to the pursuit of Indigenous liberation and reclamation of homelands. Waziyatawin comes from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota. After receiving her Ph.D. in American history from Cornell University in 2000, she earned tenure and an associate professorship in the history department at Arizona State University where she taught for seven years. Waziyatawin currently holds the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria.
CO-SPONSORED IN PART BY THE COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA-BURNS LAKE AND THE SMITHERS BRIDGING COMMITTEE
You are invited to attend a free presentation of “What Does Justice Look Like?”
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When: March 20th from 6:30-9 pm.
Light snacks and beverages.
Wet’suwet’en Dance Group
Where: NWCC Smithers Campus
3966 2nd Ave
Guest Speaker Dr. Waziyatawin