Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement curated by Maria HupfieldIn Conversation: Becoming an Accomplice, 2017
Siku Allooloo - Denendeh, Inuit/Taino/Canada/USA
Jaskiran Dhillon - New York/Philadelphia/Saskatoon, USA/Canada
Co-conspirators adopt an open mic format to win supporters, advocate for change, and gather with like-minded citizens for critical accountability to Indigenous Nations leading the movement for resurgence, decolonization, and reclamation of their homelands in North America. This project draws upon sister articles written by Allooloo and Dhillon (titled Notes on Becoming an Accomplice: Indigenous Women, Leadership, and Movement(s) for Decolonization, and Sister Notes on Becoming an Accomplice: Ancestral Lines and the Medicine Path) combined with commissioned texts by invited guests Gwen Benaway, T.L. Cowan, Alicia Elliott, and Karyn Recollet.
This event prompts engagement with what it means to act in awakened solidarity with Indigenous peoples - a step toward becoming a politicized accomplice - as opposed to the term 'ally' which often projects the illusion of change while simultaneously reproducing colonial power dynamics of the status quo. This work addresses the process of building radical solidarity among Indigenous peoples, white settlers, and people of colour.
Accomplices in projects centered on decolonization: Allooloo is an Inuit/Taino writer, environmental activist and community builder from Denendeh, Northwest Territories; Dhillon is a first generation academic and organizer who grew up on Treaty Six Cree/Métis Territory in Saskatchewan, and an Assistant Professor of Global Studies/Anthropology, The New School New York. Her first book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention (2017), provides a critical account of settler state violence in the lives of Indigenous Youth.
Participatory Installation, Social Sculpture
LegendCentury of Revolutions Taking to the Streets Life on Neebahgeezis Calculating the Unforeseen Independent Projects Major Institutions Special Projects Event Centre
14 Temperance Street
Suitable for all ages
With guests: Gwen Benaway, Alicia Elliott, T.L. Cowan, and Karyn Recollet. Graphic designed by Jaque Fragua.
This project is outdoors.