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Engaging Indigeneity and Indigenous Concepts of Living Well

Marie Battiste | Sandy Marie Grande | Njoki Wane | Eve Tuck

Part of the project of educational decolonization is for Indigenous, racialized and oppressed peoples to be able to pioneer new analytical systems for understanding our own communities based on our “home grown cultural perspectives” (Yankah 2004, p. 25). Picking up on the main conference theme the session will explore questions such as: How do we bring non-Western epistemologies to a terrain that has existed through a long-exercised White Mythology? What Indigenous experiences speak to the possibility of living well together in new futures? What additional dimensions of the above can be gleaned from the constant mobility of bodies, identities, subjectivities and relations?  

This session will examine the knowledge principles of these Indigenous ideas and the potential for educational transformation and decolonization.

Reframing Intersections and Intersectionality

Tania Das Gupta | Eve Haque | Sandy Hudson | Sylvia Bawa

‘Critical Friends’ ask us to interrogate solidarity work informed about intersections and to remind us that at the heart of this politics should be relations between and among people, as well as (across) different Lands and different geographies. The success of our politics of solidarity will depend on an informed understanding of the philosophical grounding of what we are seeking to do and the resolve to accomplish the task irrespective of challenges and risks, including losing power & privilege.

This plenary will take up ‘intersectional theory’ broadly as a lens for political action to interrogate and challenge solidarity work (e.g., the question of allyship). It aims to address the poverty of intersections as a framework for solidarity work.


Decolonizing our Learning Spaces

Gloria Ladson-Billings | Carl James | TBA (it’s a juicy one) | Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez

This plenary aims to engage educators in practical ways to work with anti-racism, anti-colonialism, critical race, equity, anti-oppressive, and inclusive schooling practices. We ask: how can educators work toward decolonizing our learning spaces? What challenges do educators face when engaging in anti-colonial pedagogies? Furthermore, in a climate where addressing anti-blackness, anti-Indigeneity, and anti-Islamophobia is urgent, what can educators (and education stakeholders) do to ensure our schools are truly centered on principles that enhance learning, promote equity, and strive for inclusivity? How do educators envision the futurity of schooling? Speakers will engage such questions and set the tone for a subsequent interactive workshop where educators will have an opportunity to think through concepts, address challenges, and create innovative, practical solutions that address present-day challenges in classrooms.

Interrogating The “Alt Right”, White Nationalism, and Trumpism

Molefi Kete Asante | George Elliot Clarke | Megan Boler | Stan Doyle-Wood

“Alt Right” conservativism seeks to erase not only the history of colonization, genocide, and enslavement, but also present day coloniality, settler colonialism, and the ongoing forms of imperialism and militarism that justify, rationalize, and sustain the ideological and systemic practices of the White supremacist, heteropatriarchal, capitalist state.

This plenary will focus on the particular understandings of White logics and the task of thinking through collective lives and a politics of futurity with mutual responsibilities and reciprocity in mind. 



Sylvia Bawa

Megan Boler

George Elliot Clarke

Tania Das Gupta

Stan Doyle-Wood

Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez

Eve Haque

Sandy Hudson

Carl James


Eve Tuck

Njoki Wane

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