Thou Shalt Forget: Indigenous Sovereignty, Resistance and the Production of Cultural Oblivion in Canada

Authors

Pierrot Ross-Tremblay

Synopsis

What is 'cultural oblivion' and 'psychological colonialism', and how are they affecting the capacity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada to actively resist systematic and territorial oppression by the state?

Following a decade-long research project, this new book by Pierrot Ross-Tremblay examines the production of oblivion among his own community, the Essipiunnuat ['People of the Brook Shells River'] and the relationship between a colonial imperative to forget. The book illustrates how the 'cultural oblivion' of vulnerable minority communities is a critical human rights issue but also asks us to reflect upon both the role of the state and the local elite in creating and warping our perception and understanding of history.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Essipiunnuat, the Salmon War and cultural oblivion
  • 2. The sources of war: colonialism and the emergence of collective agency
  • 3. Capturing who we were: heroic postures in tragic circumstances
  • 4. Stories on the transformative experience of war: from self-empowerment to a metaphysics of domination
  • 5. The Essipiunnuat’s actuality in light of the past
  • Conclusion
  • Postface | Heirs of oblivion: leaders’ interiority as a public issue

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Cover for Thou Shalt Forget: Indigenous Sovereignty, Resistance and the Production of Cultural Oblivion in Canada
Published
June 26, 2020

Details about the available publication format: Open Access

Open Access
ISBN-13
978-1-912250-42-4
Date of first publication
2020-06-26
doi
10.14296/620.9781912250424

Details about the available publication format: Paperback

Paperback
ISBN-13
978-1-912250-09-7
Date of first publication
2019-11-15