Edited By George J. Sefa Dei and Meredith Lordan
Chapter Two: Erasing Colonial Lines Between Humxn and Nature: Mobilizing Settlers
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Erasing Colonial Lines BETWEEN Humxn AND Nature
YESSICA D. ROSTAN
The history of my people needs to be told. We need to present accurately what happened in the past, so that we can deal with it in the future … I don’t like what has happened over the last 500 years. We can’t do much about that. But what are we going to do about the next 500 years? What are we going to do about the next ten years?
–GEORGE ERASMUS, DENE 1990 (QUOTED IN WRIGHT, 1992, P. 346)
INTERROGATING THE BIOECOLOGICAL-CULTURAL COMPLEX WITHIN ANTI-COLONIALISM
If you were to take a stroll along the Humber River trails in Toronto, you would be met with signs that warn you not to enter the water. As a kid growing up in the city, visiting these trails and parks was a summer ritual to me but I never wondered why the river waters were off limits. Running through sky-high trees and multicoloured fields with my brothers and my cousins, I learned that tadpoles would morph into leaping frogs and that out of tiny eggs would spring forth baby birds that soon learned how to fly. These relationships to Nature provided an ontological and spiritual connection between my Self and all the wonders of the living world—a connection that faded in and out as I grew older and adopted social...
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