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Unsettling spirit : a journey into decolonization / Denise M. Nadeau ; foreword by Deanna Reder.

Author/Creator:
Nadeau, Denise Marie, author.
Publication:
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 342 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Nadeau, Denise Marie.
Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Social conditions.
Decolonization -- Canada.
Decolonization -- Religious aspects.
Decolonization -- Psychological aspects.
Reconciliation -- Social aspects -- Canada.
Decolonization.
Indigenous peoples -- Social conditions.
Canada.
Summary:
"What does it mean to be a white settler on land taken from peoples who have lived there since time immemorial? In the context of reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence, Unsettling Spirit provides a personal perspective on decolonization, informed by Indigenous traditions and lifeways, and the need to examine one’s complicity with colonial structures. Applying autoethnography grounded in Indigenous and feminist methodologies, Denise Nadeau weaves together stories and reflections on how to live with integrity on stolen and occupied land. The author chronicles her early and brief experience of “Native mission” in the late 1980s and early 1990s in northern Canada and Chiapas, Mexico, and the gradual recognition that she had internalized colonialist concepts of the “good Christian” and the Great White Helper. Drawing on somatic psychotherapy, Nadeau addresses contemporary manifestations of helping and the politics of trauma. She uncovers her ancestors’ settler background and the responsibilities that come with facing this history. Caught between two traditions--born and raised Catholic but challenged by Indigenous ways of life--the author traces her engagement with Indigenous values and how relationships inform her ongoing journey. A foreword by Cree-Métis author Deanna Reder places the work in a broader context of Indigenous scholarship. Incorporating insights from Indigenous ethical and legal frameworks, Unsettling Spirit offers an accessible reflection on possibilities for settler decolonization as well as for decolonizing Christian and interfaith practice."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Missionary Musings
The Denendeh Seminar
Shifting Missions
From Taking Space to Making Space
Healing and the Politics of Trauma
Decolonizing the Great White Helper and Reconciliation
Blood
Unmapping
Decolonizing Rivers
Moccasins
Walking with Our Sisters
A Water Journey: Indigenous Water Laws
Ceremony
Reciprocity
Living Treaty
Lejac Residential School and Rose Prince
Can You Hear the Drum? Indigenous Christianities
Returning to the Heart.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Nadeau, Denise Marie. Unsettling spirit.
ISBN:
0228001579
9780228001577
OCLC:
1126218205