Indigenous Literature and Environmental Politics

ENGL 4630 T27 and ENGL 7860 T07

Aamjiwnaang Anishinaabe Nation, Ontario

Aamjiwnaang Anishinaabe Nation, Ontario

 Welcome to the class web page for this joint Honours / Graduate Seminar. Watch this page for updates about class meetings as well as more general information about the issues we are examining in the class.

To see copies of the course outlines, click here.

To view the course pack of secondary class readings, click here.

Reading SChedule

(Subject to slight changes; please check this page for the most up-to-date information about the materials we will be discussing on each class day).

Note: Readings marked with an asterisk are optional (recommended but not required) for ENGL 4630 students. All readings are required for ENGL 7680 students.


9 Introduction

Videos: “Nikamowin(Song)” by Kevin Burton, available on youtube here.

“Bloodland” by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, available on youtube here.

“Rise” by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna, available at here.

Note: links to these videos will be provided on the class web page

16 Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass. Presentation: Antony.

Warren Cariou and Isabel St-Amand, “Environmental Ethics through Changing Landscapes: Indigenous Activism

and Literary Arts” (course pack).

23 Marie Clements, Burning Vision. Presentations: Golnaz, Heidi and Virginia.

Robert Blow, dir. A Village of Widows. Documentary film, 52 min. Video available on youtube here.

*Theresa J. May, “Indigenous Theatre in Global Times: Situated Knowledge and Communities in Salmon is

Everything and Burning Vision” (course pack).

* Julie Salverson, “They Never Told us These Things,” Maisonneuve magazine online, August 2011, here.

30 Leanne Simpson, Dancing on our Turtle’s Back. Presentations: Chris and Zheng.

*Leanne Simpson, “Land as Pedagogy: Nishnaabeg Intelligence and Rebellious

Transformation” (course pack).


6 Class conference day. Discussion of student Praxis Papers, which should have been submitted electronically to by the end of the day on Sunday February 3. Before class, students are responsible

for reading all of the submitted papers, which are available here. (Note that submissions are numbered in order of

my receiving them, so all newer ones will be added to the bottom of the list.) Please come to class prepared to

discuss each paper.

13 Waubgeshig Rice, The Moon of the Crusted Snow. Presentations: Michael and Gina.

*Heather Davis and Zoe Todd, “On the Importance of a Date, or Decolonizing the Anthropocene” (course pack).


27 Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water. Presentations: Sophie and Jenna.

*Asfia Kamal, et al, “A Recipe for Change: Reclamation of Indigenous Food Sovereignty in O-Pipon-Na-Piwin

Cree Nation (course pack).


6 Tanya Tagaq, Split Tooth. Presentations: Jessica and Annah.

Video for Tanya Tagaq’s “Retribution” at

*Excerpt from Mary Simon et al, eds, The Caribou Taste Different Now: Inuit Elders

Observe Climate Change (course pack).

13 Elizabeth Lapensee, Thunderbird Strike video game, available for download here at

Presentations: Nicole and Liam.

Note: The game is playable on both ios devices and windows computers. If you do not have

access to the necessary hardware, please contact me and I will try to arrange this.

Students should play the game multiple times before our class discussion and should also

examine the other information and materials on the website.

*Kyle Whyte, “The Dakota Access Pipeline, Environmental Injustice, and U.S. Colonialism” (course pack).

20 Stories of hydro-affected Indigenous communities in Manitoba. Presentation: Phil.

Class visit by Lesley Dysart from South Indian Lake.


Manitoba Clean Environment Commission Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment, Community Meeting,

Fox Lake Cree Nation, January 19, 2018 (course pack).

Ramona Neckoway, excerpt from “Amiskuk Boo-koo Ta Ki Oosey-ta-chik Ki-piikuna: ‘Only Beavers Should

Build Dams,’” pp. 71-100 (course pack).

27 Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves. Presentations: Sara and Yelani.

*Marjo Lindroth and Heidi Sinaavara-Niskanen, “The Biopolitics of Resilient Indigeneity and the Radical

Gamble of Resistance” (course pack).


3 Richard Van Camp, “On the Wings of this Prayer” and “Wheetago War” (course pack).

Lee Maracle, “Goodbye Snauq” (course pack). Conclusion. Term papers due.