Terms of Engagement with Indigenous Nationhood


by Eric Ritskes

What are the terms of engagement for the resurgence of Indigenous nationhood?

Last night, Kahnawake Mohawk scholar Taiaiake Alfred, in an #IdleNoMore forum hosted by the Indigenous Governance (IGOV) program at the University of Victoria (hashtagged on Twitter as #J16Forum), responded to a commenter who was distraught by the term ‘settler’ with this comment:

As a visitor, you can’t demand to be respected on your own terms.

This, along with Taiaiake’s earlier-in-the-night assertion that #IdleNoMore needs to be in tandem with a movement towards Indigenous nationhood, made me think: for decolonization to happen (something I define as -in short – resurgent action towards Indigenous sovereignty), what are the terms of engagement?

For myself, a settler in a settler-colonial state such as Canada, I believe what Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox lays out clearly, that one of the decolonization tasks is “co-existence through co-resistance“. What are the terms of…

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One response to “Terms of Engagement with Indigenous Nationhood

  1. Today the rising tide of the Idle No More Movement in the north resonates with the that call which mobilized 100,000 people that marched with us in 2010 against AZ SB1070. As an Indigenous Peoples decolonization movement of this continent, our rights are EXTRA-CONSITUTIONAL in terms of the civil rights ascribed by the settler states established under the 520-year-old Doctrine of Discovery, and therefore our movement requires international venues to adequately address our community issues. Our inherent Right of Self Determination will not be a deliverable of any national campaign with the context of the US social networks, but it must be a position of solidarity and principle to build collective strength as Universal Human Rights Movements in alliance within the US frame.


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