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15 February 2008
ISBN: 9781842779293
256 pages
216mm x 135mm
Gender and Sexuality

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Gender and Sexuality

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Making Space for Indigenous Feminism

Edited by Joyce Green

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.


‘The book certainly achieves its goal of creating a space for the voices of Indigenous feminists ... is a brilliant piece to use in discussions around the power relations that have forged our common histories and that are present in all societies with an Indigenous presence today' - Nadine Charron, Research Officer, Policy Research Group, Dept. of Canadian Heritage, Gender and Development

Table of Contents

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 Author:

Joyce Green is Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Canadian Studies at the University of Manitoba

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.

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