The majority of scholarly and activist opinion by and about Aboriginal women claims that feminism is irrelevant for them. Yet, there is also an articulate, theoretically informed and activist constituency that identifies as feminist. By and about Aboriginal feminists, this book provides a powerful and original intellectual and political contribution demonstrating that feminism has much to offer Aboriginal women in their struggles against oppression. The contributors are from Canada, the USA, Sami (Samiland) and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The chapters include theoretical contributions, stories of political activism and deeply personal accounts of developing political consciousness.
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Introduction: From Symposium to Book Joyce Green
Part 1: What is Aboriginal Feminism?
Taking Account of Aboriginal Feminism Joyce Green
Aboriginal Women on Feminism: Exploring Diverse Points of View Verna St. Denis
Metis and Feminist: Reflections from the Margins Emma LaRocque
Part II: Aboriginal Feminist Analysis and Theory
Sami Women and Feminism: Strategies for Healing and Transformation Rauna Kuokkanen
Native American Feminism, Sovereignty, and Social Change Andrea Smith
Gender, Essentialism, and Feminism in Samiland Jorunn Eikjok translated by Gunhild Hoogensen
Indigenous Feminism as Resistance to Imperialism Makere Stewart-Harawira
Balancing Strategies: Aboriginal Women and Constitutional Rights in Canada Joyce Green
Part III: Aboriginal Feminist Activists and Sister-Travellers
Looking Back, Looking Forward Shirley Green
Maori Women and Leadership in Aotearoa Kathie Irwin
Yes, My Daughter, We Are Cherokee Women Denise Henning
My Home Town Northern Canada South Africa Emma LaRocque
Culturing Politics and Politicizing Culture Shirley Bear
An Aboriginal Feminist on Violence Against Women Tina Beads with Rauna Kuokkanen
Colleen Glenn: A Metis Feminist in Indian Rights for Indian Women Colleen Glenn with Joyce Green
Woman of Action: An Interview with Sharon McIvor Sharon McIvor with Rauna Kuokkanen
About the Editor:
Joyce Green is associate professor of political science at the University of Regina. Green’s work focuses on the politics of decolonization in Canada; on identity, human rights and citizenship; and on the way in which sexism, racism and race privilege is encoded in Canadian political culture. She is is of English, Ktunaxa and Cree-Scots Métis descent.