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Thoughts on a decolonial ontology based on the Assi Manifesto by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

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posted on 2023-12-19, 12:54 authored by Christophe PrematChristophe Premat

The presentation was made during a conference hosted by the British Journal of Canadian Studies on 11 December. The presentation was based on an article published in French by this journal on an issue regarding Indigenous thinking in Canada.

In her poem Manifeste Assi, the Innu writer Natasha Kanapé Fontaine addresses a scream similar to that of negritude to evoke the way of being of the Innu and their relationship to the Earth. This article sees this collection as an exercise of decolonial ontology where it is possible to relearn how to be Innu by finding continuity with the elements and the Earth. By describing an animistic subject in solidarity with its environment and the ancestors, this thought explores the ways of repairing the link of human beings to the Earth. Decolonial ontology means here a relativization of Western rationality in favor of a thought that has long remained invisible.

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Thoughts on a decolonial ontology based on the Assi Manifesto by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

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  • English

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Penser une ontologie décoloniale à partir du Manifeste Assi de Natasha Kanapé Fontaine. British Journal of Canadian Studies, 189-208, https://doi.org/10.3828/bjcs.2023.11

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  • 165 Romanska och klassiska institutionen | Department of Romance Studies and Classics

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