Truth, Reconciliation and Colonialism: Digging into Sinixt-Settler Relations

Description of workshop:

How do settlers embrace not only the words, but the hard parts that go along with truth telling & moving towards reconciliation, which can’t happen without truth?  This interactive session will talk about the problems with history, erasure, competing land claims, multiple truths, and how to better understand these complex processes in the context of ongoing Sinixt extinction for purposes of the Indian Act. Come to this workshop to learn that it is ok to be uncomfortable with current Sinixt-settler issues and ask those questions you may have been afraid to ask.

About Lori

Lori Barkley (MA SFU) is a settler, political anthropologist, educator, activist, and radio show co-host living and working in unceded Sinixt tmxʷúlaʔxʷ (traditional territory). Having taught in the BC post-secondary sector for over 25 years, she left teaching to focus on Sinixt resurgence. Lori now works with governmental and non-governmental organizations in working towards right relationships with Sinixt. She is co-author of “Decolonizing Sinixt “Extinction”: Settler Allies in Indigenous Resurgence” (in Sayan Dey and Arti Nirmal (eds.) Myth and History in Postcolonial Consciousness: Theory, Praxis and Politics. Routledge Press, 2022). Sinixt in the Slocan: The Last 3,000 Years (Chameleon Fire Editions, 2022), and “Burning off the Colonial Fog: A Sinixt-Settler Storytelling Collaboration.” (Rejoinder, Issue 5: Spring 2020).