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Anti-Colonial Theory and Decolonial Praxis

Edited By George J. Sefa Dei and Meredith Lordan

Are we living in a post-colonial world? A colonial one? An anti-colonial one? Lifting the veil from language and politics, Anti-Colonial Theory and Decolonial Praxis uses case studies from around the world to explore and untangle these concepts as they relate to education. The anti-colonial prism is very much connected to the postcolonial lens but these frameworks are not the same. Building upon earlier works, this book takes up the subject of anti-colonial praxis and its specific implications—the larger questions of schooling and education in global and, particularly, Diasporic contexts. The goal is to re-theorize the anti-colonial for the decolonial projects of transforming schooling and education in a broadly defined way. Beyond explaining these ideas, this book demonstrates ways communities are engaging in praxis as a form of anti-colonial change in a wide range of locations. Incorporating case studies from various locations and Diasporic communities—including Somalia, Canada, Nigeria, Jamaica, and St. Vincent—and  provocative theoretical analyses, the book brings varied experiences of anti-colonial praxis to the reader in timely, culturally diverse, and engaging ways. This book could be used in upper undergraduate and graduate level courses in anthropology, Diaspora studies, education, environmental studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, law, multiculturalism studies, politics, social work, and sociology.
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Chapter Two: Erasing Colonial Lines Between Humxn and Nature: Mobilizing Settlers

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CHAPTER TWO

Erasing Colonial Lines BETWEEN Humxn AND Nature

Mobilizing Settlers

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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