Indigenous Women’s Resistance to Colonialism and Whiteness: The connection to ethnographic storytelling and the significance of Guest Responsibilities as a Settler Educator
Presented by Emma Posca
The purpose of my presentation is to expand upon my role and responsibility as a guest of Indigenous people. I will be discussing with you the motivation and contextualization to the ongoing treatment of Indigenous people by colonial governments for non-Indigenous people to learn about.
Indigenous people were robbed of their lands, lives and identities which motivates my desire to end the historical and on-going trend of Indigenous and gender-based violence. Storytelling in the form of ethnographies and/or auto-ethnographies are a significant and powerful way for Indigenous people, especially women, to formulate a resistance towards the impact of colonialism.
As a settler-educator; I fully take my lead from Indigenous people, who can no longer do all the work, to be able to create a movement towards changing oppressive structures. By working in alignment with Indigenous people I will be able to listen to their needs and wants to ensure that Indigenous ways of knowing and being in the world “survive and thrive” (Koleszar-Green 2019, 13).
EMMA POSCA is a PhD candidate in the School of Gender, Feminist and Sexuality Studies at York University. Her dissertation topic is rooted in sociological/psychological theories, feminist theory, and social work frameworks. Using theories, methods and concepts such as Indigenous feminism, allyship, intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, ethnography, patriarchy, colonialism and decolonization her dissertation revolves around gender and race and Indigenous-based violence that plagued and continues to plague Indigenous women in Canada.