CATSJ to Host Events on Indigenizing Futures and Decolonization This Week

Friday, October 13th 12:45-2pm TVUC
Inamori Center

Indigenizing Futures, Decolonizing Our Lands: Indigenous Methods for Transformation

Indigenous peoples are on the vanguard of efforts to address domination stemming from colonialism, capitalism and industrialization. Indigenous efforts range from the revitalization of environmental stewardship in Tribal communities to public ceremonies. These efforts are based on philosophies and strategies for decolonizing places and creating the conditions for future generations of Indigenous peoples to live good lives. What are examples of strategies of decolonizing places and Indigenizing futures? What are some of the philosophies behind them? The presentation will reflect on these questions using examples from Prof. Kyle Powys Whyte’s experiences, activism and research on environmental and climate justice advocacy and Indigenous planning and education.

Saturday, October 14th 10:30am-2pm Clark Hall 309
Lunch provided

A Decolonizing Cleveland Charrette

Indigenous movements such as the Dakota Access Pipeline often call for “decolonization” as a goal of social justice advocacy. What does decolonization mean? What are the different forms decolonization could take locally? The greater Cleveland area may assume its history starts with the formation of the U.S. and European colonization of North America. But the area is also home to a much longer history of diverse Indigenous peoples. This event is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Institute.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Institute, this event will involve Dr. Kyle, members of the Cleveland indigenous community, and representatives of SJI to lead in an envisioning process to imagine what it would be to decolonize Cleveland. This process is meant as an introduction and as something incomplete — a kind of proposition, even a preposition.

*Both lectures are part of the 2017 Beamer-Schneider Lecture in Ethics and Civics. Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation whose research, teaching, training, and activism focusing on Indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment and the scientific community.