Letter to prospective immigrants to what is known as Canada

The idea for this letter emerged in a conversation between a group of Indigenous researchers and immigrants residing in what is currently known as Canada and involved with the GTDF collective. The first draft was written in March 2021 for a conference about the intersections of Indigenization and internationalization in education. Subsequent drafts were expanded …

Anti-assholism memo

Modernity/coloniality, especially in its contemporary configuration, casts a powerful spell of hyper-individualism, hyper-consumerism and (self)destructive narcissism. Through formal education, social media and job incentive packages, both mainstream and counter- cultures encourage and reward toxic behaviors.  This includes seeing ourselves as separate from each other and from “nature”, and as “exceptional” in order to justify merit …

Depth Conversations

These are reflections arising from failed experiments of bringing people together to have conversations about systemic, historical and on-going violence and the climate crisis. These patterns of failure are related to deeply entrenched habits grounded on an escalating sense of entitlement to consume knowledge, relations, experiences and drama on one’s terms. Depth conversations start when …

Circular

Sharon Stein created an exercise called “CIRCULAR” (first published in this article) that identifies eight expected intellectual, affective and performative dispositional patterns that modernity has imprinted in our unconscious and that it rewards. These patterns may prevent us from sensing, relating and imagining otherwise, but since they are perceived as normal and natural, there is …

The gifts of failure

We chose the word “gesture” for the title of our collective to underscore the fact that decolonization is impossible when our livelihoods are underwritten by colonial violence and unsustainability. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, our health systems and social security, and the technologies that allow us to write about this are all …

Cartographies of Aging

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The Cartographies of Aging have been created and are being stewarded by Jocelyn Yerxa (NS GovLab), Steeven Pedneault (PRÉSÂGES), Mo Drescher (Brave Space), and Rachel Derrah (Brave Space).  Our group has been working with the methodologies and practices of the GTDF collective for a couple of years and in January, we took a deeper dive …

The (shit) storm categories

The metaphor of the “storm” and the accompanying social cartography of (shit) storm categories seeks to capture the multiple, converging crises that we collectively face, but that we experience in highly uneven ways. The storm is more than just a temporary crisis that can be managed with existing tools and strategies. While there is an …

Mapping Indigenous Engagements

The social cartographies below (that are still work in progress) show two iterations of our attempts to map problematic (i.e. extractive and instrumentalizing) aspects of engagements with Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing and being, and to articulate, in the "Towards Braiding" possibility, the commitments and dispositions that would be necessary to create the conditions …