Panel Discussion: Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 23:00

Red Skin, White Masks is a work of critically engaged political theory that challenges the now commonplace assumption that settler-colonization can be reconciled through a process of cultural recognition and accommodation. In light of this colonial impasse, Coulthard sets out to explore a radically decolonial politics that is less oriented around attaining an affirmative form of recognition and institutional accommodation by the colonial-state and society, and more about critically revaluing, reconstructing and redeploying Indigenous cultural practices in ways that seek to prefigure radical alternatives to the symbolic and structural violence that continues to dispossess our nations of lands, political authority, and lives.

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Rita Kaur Dhamoon is an Assistant Professor in Political Science, at the University of Victoria, the territory of the Lekwungen peoples, Canada. Her research interests broadly focus on the politics of difference, including multiculturalism and nation-building, securitization and race, settler colonialism, gender and feminist politics, intersectionality, critical race and anti-colonial politics, relations between people of colour and Indigenous peoples, and Sikhs and the problem with inclusion. Among other
publications, she is author of Identity/Difference Politics (2009), “Considerations on Mainstreaming Intersectionality” (Political Research Quarterly, 2011), and “Feminisms” (in Oxford Handbook on Gender &
Politics, 2013). Her work is rooted in anti-racist feminist action.

Sarah Hunt (PhD) is a writer, educator and activist currently based in Lkwungen Territories (Victoria, BC) and is of Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw), Ukrainian and English ancestry. She has more than 15 years’ experience doing community-based work on issues of justice, education and cultural revitalization in rural and urban Indigenous communities across BC. Most recently, Sarah’s research investigated the relationship between law and violence in ongoing neocolonial relations in BC, asking how violence gains
visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and action. Her research is particularly concerned with revitalizing Indigenous law and Indigenous territorial relations through local level anti-violence initiatives. Sarah is adjunct faculty at Vancouver Island University and Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group (IPSG) of the Association of American Geographers.

Jarrett Martineau is a Cree/Dene digital media producer, hip hop artist, and academic from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta. He is a PhD candidate in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria. Jarrett has worked at the intersection of art, media, and activism for many years, and his research examines the role of art and creativity in advancing Indigenous nationhood and decolonization. He is the co-founder and Creative Producer of Revolutions Per Minute (, a new music platform to promote
Indigenous music culture; an organizer with the Indigenous Nationhood Movement; and a founding director of the New Forms Festival, an annual festival focusing on contemporary art, culture, and electronic music held in Vancouver.


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