The Land We Are is a stunning collection of writing and art that interrogates the current era of reconciliation in Canada. Using visual, poetic, and theoretical language, the contributors approach reconciliation as a problematic narrative about Indigenous-settler relations, but also as a site where conversations about a just future must occur. The result of a four-year collaboration between artists and scholars engaged in resurgence and decolonization, The Land We Are is a moving dialogue that blurs the boundaries between activism, research, and the arts.
Contributors: Jordan Abel, Leah Decter, Jonathan Dewar, David Garneau, Ayumi Goto, Allison Hargreaves, Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill, Jaimie Isaac, David Jefferess, Layli Long Soldier, The New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, Sophie McCall, Peter Morin, Skeena Reece, Dylan Robinson, Sandra Semchuk, Adrian Stimson, Clement Yeh, and Keren Zaiontz.
About the authors
Edited by Gabrielle Hill and Sophie McCall, the contributors to this book include leading Indigenous artists and scholars engaged in questions of resurgence, restitution, and decolonization, such as David Garneau (Métis), Adrian Stimson (Siksika/Blackfoot), Skeena Reece (Métis/Cree and Tsimshian/Gitksan), Tanya Willard (Secwepemc), and Peter Morin (Tahltan) working collaboratively with one another as well as with settler artists and scholars from a variety of backgrounds including Ayumi Goto (Japanese Canadian), Leah Decter (Jewish Canadian), and Sandra Semchuk (Ukrainian Canadian).
Sophie McCall is an associate professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches Indigenous literatures and contemporary Canadian literature. Her most recent publication, with co-editor, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, is The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (2015).
This beautifully produced, richly illustrated volume not only offers readers a visual journey into the featured artistic installations and performance pieces, but through its creative use of text and graphic design is itself an artistic statement on reconciliation.--Winnipeg Free Press