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May 27th, Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada by Emma Battell Lowman and Adam J. Barker; Chapters 1 and 2

Are you familiar with this historical account of the settling of Canada?

What do you think about ‘identifying as a Settler as part of a transformative change’? Have you seen instances where settler identity is disavowed and Indigenous resurgence is met with violence and anger?

‘Colonialism is an ongoing ideology…and capitalist exploitation, racial oppression, and settler colonialism are all linked’ – comments? Do you have examples of this?

April 22nd, 2019 Intro to Settlers’ Book Club

I decided to start the book club with some texts about white privilege and what an ally and/or accomplice is. Questions related to the texts are:

Have you heard of ‘white privilege’ before and how do you see it manifest in your daily life?

Do you consider yourself an ‘ally’ or ‘accomplice’? What actions do you take to further ally yourself with Indigenous people and people of colour?

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