Place against Empire: Understanding Indigenous Anti-Colonialism

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Glen Coulthard


This article examines the role that "place" plays in radical Indigenous activism from the perspective of my community, the Dene Nation. I argue that, although Indigenous peoples' senses of place have been worn by centuries of colonial-capitalist displacement, they still serve as an orienting framework that guides radical Indigenous activism today and offers a way of thinking about relations within and between peoples and the natural world built on principles of reciprocity and freedom.

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Interventions: Openings
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Glen Coulthard, Yellowknives Dene/University of British Columbia

Glen Coulthard is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of Indigenous thought and politics, contemporary political theory, and radical social and political thought. His most recent research and writing seeks to re-evaluate the negative portrayal of revenge in the history of Western political thought in light of anti-colonial struggles for land, freedom and dignity. He lives with his partner and two children in Vancouver, British Columbia, unceded Coast Salish Territories.