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Grassroots work in urban Indigenous contexts –

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 2018211 Views

October 9, 2018

Patty Krawec is an Anishinaabe woman with roots in Lac Seul First Nation in northern Ontario. Karl Dockstader is an Oneida man of the Bear Clan, and his family is from the Oneida Nation of the Thames. Both grew up and live in the Niagara Region of southern Ontario. Scott Neigh interviews them about the many shapes that grassroots work can take in urban Indigenous contexts, and particularly about the many ways that they themselves have been involved in Niagara.

The land upon which cities are built is no less Indigenous land than any other territory in what is now called “Canada.” Yet in the dominant culture, most towns and cities are intensely coded as settler spaces, and in more varied and complicated ways as white or white-dominated spaces. And, living as an urban Indigenous person often comes along with a particular set of experiences around disconnection, erasure, tokenization, and marginalization. As today’s guests describe, however, it also often involves quite distinct experiences of community, grassroots resurgence, and thriving.

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