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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 Nine: Black African-Aboriginal Coalitions for Decolonization Struggles: The Missing Links

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CHAPTER NINE

Black African-Aboriginal Coalitions FOR Decolonization Struggles

The Missing Links

SULEYMAN M. DEMI



INTRODUCTION

This chapter is a personal reflection on the debates regarding settler colonialism and coalition building for anti-colonial struggles in North America. I came to Canada from Ghana having limited knowledge about Indigenous people’s struggles—only to be confronted with the implications and complicities inherent in the appropriation of Indigenous land. I found myself asking many questions, each one without answers: Does returning to Ghana exonerate me from the implications or complicities of ongoing colonization and land appropriation in Canada? How does my return to Ghana impact Indigenous people’s struggles for sovereignty? Whose land am I on? What responsibility do I owe to Aboriginal people? As an individual who had seen the remnants of colonization and the imposition of neo-colonization in Africa, these questions keep echoing in my mind. Although definitive answers to these questions remain elusive, the exploration of a shared sense—albeit with different experiences—of Indigeneity in North American and African contexts offers a common ground for coalition building and shared understanding. In problematizing the notions of settler and settlerhood within a Canadian context, this chapter seeks to explore how black Africans and Aboriginals might engage in coalition building. This chapter intends to explore the relatedness of the black Africans and Aboriginals and how their marginalization is inextricably linked to colonization. Following a literature review about coalition building...

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