Monday, November 24, 2008

Indigenous Feminist Voices Heard Here

In this post I am sharing information about a book and a conference, each geared to put the voices of Indigenous Feminists front and center.

If you scroll down on this webpage, you will see the video links to many women's lectures. These lectures are from the conference Native Feminisms: Without Apology which convened in the spring of 2006 ECD (in the era of Christian domination), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The book is not related to the conference above but instead grew out of a 2002 Aboriginal Feminist Symposium in Canada. It was published in 2007 ECD by Zed Books. (If I use that acronym enough, I might actually remember to put it after any Christian calendar year I refer to!)

The book is titled as the above front cover image indicates: Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, edited by Joyce Green. If you click on that title in this sentence, you will be led to Women, Ink. Bookstore's online site and a description of the books' contents. (I am happy to be able to link to online booksellers other than or A review of the book is found here.

A more complete description of the book's contents is available by clicking on the blue "Read more!".

About the Book

The majority of scholarly and activist opinion by and about Indigenous women claims that feminism is irrelevant for them. Yet there is also an articulate, theoretically informed and activist constituency that identifies as feminist. This book is by and about Indigenous feminists, whose work demonstrates a powerful and original intellectual and political contribution demonstrating that feminism has much to offer Indignenous women in their struggles against oppression and for equality. Indigenous feminism is international in its scope: the contributors here are from Canada, the USA, Sapmi (Samiland), and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The chapters include theoretical contributions, stories of political activism, and deeply personal accounts of developing political consciousness as Aboriginal feminists.


Introduction: From Symposium to Book - Joyce Green

Part 1: What is Indigenous Feminism?

1. Taking Account of Indigenous Feminism - Joyce Green

2. Aboriginal Women on Feminism: Exploring Diverse Points of View - Verna St. Denis

3. Metis and Feminist: Reflections from the Margins - Emma Larocque

Part 2: Aboriginal Feminist Analysis and Theory

4. Sami Women and Feminism: Strategies for Healing and Transformation - Rauna Kuokkanen

5. Native American Feminism, Sovereignty, and Social Change - Andrea Smith

6. Gender, Essentialism, and Feminism in Samiland - Jurunn Eikjok translated by Gunhild Hoogensen

7. Indigenous Feminism as Resistance to Imperialism - Makere Stewart- Harawira

8. Balancing Strategies: Aboriginal Women and Constitutional Rights in Canada - Joyce Green

Part 3: Aboriginal Feminist Activists and Sister-Travellers

9. Looking Back, Looking Forward - Shirley Green

10. Maori Women and Leadership in Aotearoa - Kathie Irwin

11. Yes, My Daughter, We Are Cherokee Women - Denise Henning

12. My Home Town Northern Canada South Africa - Emma LaRocque

13. Culturing Politics and Politicizing Culture - Shirley Bear

14. An Aboriginal Feminist on Violence Against Women - Tina Beads with Rauna Kuokkanen

15. Colleen Glenn: A Metis Feminist in Indian Rights for Indian Women - Colleen Glenn with Joyce Green

16. Woman of Action: An Interview with Sharon McIvor - Sharon McIvor with Rauna Kuokkanen

About the Editor

Joyce Green is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Regina. Green's current work focuses on the potential of decolonization in Canada, and on the way in which sexism, racism, and race privilege is encoded in Canadian political culture. She is of English, Ktunaxa, and Cree-Scots Metis heritage, and mother of a daughter from the Peigan nation.

Rights Information

World Rights are held for this title outside of Canada

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