Welcome to an open lecture afternoon hosted by the research project “Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change”
Dálkke is based at CEMFOR, Department of Theology at Uppsala University, and collaborates with Luleå University of Technology, Michigan State University and universities in Canada, US, Australia and Japan, as well as Indigenous communities and associations. The project forms part of ongoing efforts by Indigenous and allied scholars, knowledge keepers, scientists, change-makers, and leaders to create a field to support Indigenous peoples’ capacities to analyze and address the consequences as well as mitigate the impacts of anthropogenic climate change – thereby contributing to the establishment of the field Indigenous Climate Change Studies.
When: April 28 kl. 13.00-16.00
Open lecture with Erica Violet Lee: “Wīhkohkē: Urban Indigenous Resistance from the Past into the Future”
Indigenous peoples have been fighting for land and life against colonialism all over the world since half a millennia. In Canada, currently the Wet’suwet’en resistance movement is set to protect lands and waters against destructive extractive industry, which are allowed and supported by colonial state laws, and law enforcement.
But what is law? From an indigenous standpoint, love and law are one and the same.
Disrupting the notion of “ceded and surrendered” lands and based on a methodology of urban Indigenous lifeways and survivance, and with the ongoing Wet’suwet’en resistance as one of many examples I will discuss what it means – in practice – to refuse consent for extractive projects on our lands. And to promote laws that are tied to love.
This refusal is tied to our freedom of movement and our agency as Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and LGBTQ people on the frontlines of movements in North America and across the world.
Guided by frameworks of decolonial love and the resurgence of Indigenous law, language, and ceremony that have never fully been eliminated despite genocides, we embrace the experience of joy as an embodied treaty and a living act of sovereignty.
Based on my work of Wastelands theory (“In Defense of the Wastelands: A Survival Guide”, 2016), I argue that Indigenous presence and futurisms pose a necessary challenge to the notion that we are primitive or extinct people, as we shape and create the sacred and ceremonial through our movements on the land. At the end of this world, we work toward a universe of beautiful livelihoods for Indigenous communities, free from state oppression and coercion.
Erica Violet Lee is a Plains Cree writer and community organizer from Saskatoon, Canada. A feminist scholar of prairie Indigenous studies and Nēhiyaw philosophy, her work focuses on the intersections between social movements and bodily sovereignty. She is currently a master’s student at OISE, the University of Toronto, writing about urban Indigenous resistance and joy. Lee blogs at MoontimeWarrior.com and tweets @EricaVioletLee.
Erica Violet Lee, In Defense of the Wastelands: A Survival Guide”, 2016 Issue 7, Love. http://gutsmagazine.ca/wastelands/