Edited By George J. Sefa Dei and Meredith Lordan
Chapter Nine: Black African-Aboriginal Coalitions for Decolonization Struggles: The Missing Links
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Black African-Aboriginal Coalitions FOR Decolonization Struggles
The Missing Links
SULEYMAN M. DEMI
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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