Please join us for the Saskatoon launch of In Good Relation: History, Gender, and Kinship in Indigenous Feminisms at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Date: Tuesday May 19, 7:00 pm
Location: McNally Robinson Booksellers (8th Street at Circle Drive, 3130-8th Street East), Saskatoon.
Featuring editors Sarah Nickel and Amanda Fehr as well as contributors. Light refreshments provided.
About the Book
Over the past thirty years, a strong canon of Indigenous feminist literature has addressed how Indigenous women are uniquely and dually affected by colonialism and patriarchy. Indigenous women have long recognized that their intersectional realities were not represented in mainstream feminism, which was principally white, middle-class, and often ignored realities of colonialism. As Indigenous feminist ideals grew, Indigenous women became increasingly multi-vocal, with multiple and oppositional understandings of what constituted Indigenous feminism and whether or not it was a useful concept. Emerging from these dialogues are conversations from a new generation of scholars, activists, artists, and storytellers who accept the usefulness of Indigenous feminism and seek to broaden the concept.
In Good Relation captures this transition and makes sense of Indigenous feminist voices that are not necessarily represented in existing scholarship. There is a need to further Indigenize our understandings of feminism and to take the scholarship beyond a focus on motherhood, life history, or legal status (in Canada) to consider the connections between Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous philosophies, the environment, kinship, violence, and Indigenous Queer Studies. Organized around the notion of “generations,” this collection brings into conversation new voices of Indigenous feminist theory, knowledge, and experience. Taking a broad and critical interpretation of Indigenous feminism, it depicts how an emerging generation of artists, activists, and scholars are envisioning and invigorating the strength and power of Indigenous women.
About the Editors
Sarah Nickel is a Tk’emlupsemc Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her first book, Assembling Unity: Pan-Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, was published in 2019. Her next project explores Indigenous women’s political work in the twentieth-century west.
Amanda Fehr is a white settler from Saskatoon. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Her doctoral research included community engaged oral history work in the predominantly Métis community of Île-à-la-Crosse and with the English River First Nation. She works as an educator, researcher, and public engagement consultant.