Challenging Narratives: Engaging with Indigenous Spatalities

Daniel Tarkan Nacak Rasmussen, Thomas Code Vermund Nielsen, Eva Cossette-Laneville & Anna Nü Kaae Kristensen

Studenteropgave: Masterprojekt


This paper investigates young non-Indigenous Quebecois relations with Indigenous peoples by
employing affect theory as understood by Sara Ahmed. The methodological approach anchors
itself within decoloniality, conjunctural analysis by Lawrence Grossberg, and the Indigenous
research paradigm by Shawn Wilson to engage in a discussion of Indigenous ontologies. This
paper departs from the main report of the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada as well as a supplementary report specifically on
Quebec. Furthermore, the research identifies and investigates three key contexts related to the
conjuncture of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. These intersecting
contexts are the nation-state, (in)visibility and gender and are further explored through
interviews with young non-Indigenous Quebecois. They investigate their relations to
Indigenous peoples, and their understandings of Canadian colonial history. In conclusion, this
paper argues that young non-Indigenous Quebecois relations with Indigenous peoples are
obstructed by particular spatialities, temporalities and epistemologies pertaining to the
Canadian nation-state. Moreover, the paper demonstrates that meanings are constructed in
conjunction with the different temporalities and spatialities they are situated in, and thereby are
the accumulation of various relations, agencies and negotiations across time and space.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider52
VejledereBjörn Hakon Lingner