As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance (Hardcover)
What will it take for an Indigenous political resurgence in North America? According to Simpson's new book, the reason Indigenous culture and practices have been so suppressed is that they innately pose a threat to our status quo. With this assertion, she forms the foundations for a path beyond capitalism that is place-based, free of romanticism, and grounded in material reality. There is a wealth of information here on the Indigenous struggle of the past few centuries as well as on Nishnaabeg ideas of queerness, internationalism, and history that radically challenge the most oppressive facets of Western society. -Tony— From Fall Booknotes 2017
Across North America, Indigenous acts of resistance have in recent years opposed the removal of federal protections for forests and waterways in Indigenous lands, halted the expansion of tar sands extraction and the pipeline construction at Standing Rock, and demanded justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women. In As We Have Always Done, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson locates Indigenous political resurgence as a practice rooted in uniquely Indigenous theorizing, writing, organizing, and thinking.
Indigenous resistance is a radical rejection of contemporary colonialism focused around the refusal of the dispossession of both Indigenous bodies and land. Simpson makes clear that its goal can no longer be cultural resurgence as a mechanism for inclusion in a multicultural mosaic. Instead, she calls for unapologetic, place-based Indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state, including heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation.
About the Author
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a writer, activist, faculty member at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. She is author of several books, including Dancing on Our Turtle's Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Islands of Decolonial Love, and This Accident of Being Lost. She is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg, holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and is a member of Alderville First Nation.