Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention

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University of Toronto Press, Apr 24, 2017 - Social Science - 320 pages

In 2016, Canada’s newly elected federal government publically committed to reconciling the social and material deprivation of Indigenous communities across the country. Does this outward shift in the Canadian state’s approach to longstanding injustices facing Indigenous peoples reflect a “transformation with teeth,” or is it merely a reconstructed attempt at colonial Indigenous-settler relations?

Prairie Rising provides a series of critical reflections about the changing face of settler colonialism in Canada through an ethnographic investigation of Indigenous-state relations in the city of Saskatoon. Jaskiran Dhillon uncovers how various groups including state agents, youth workers, and community organizations utilize participatory politics in order to intervene in the lives of Indigenous youth living under conditions of colonial occupation and marginality. In doing so, this accessibly written book sheds light on the changing forms of settler governance and the interlocking systems of education, child welfare, and criminal justice that sustain it. Dhillon’s nuanced and fine-grained analysis exposes how the push for inclusionary governance ultimately reinstates colonial settler authority and raises startling questions about the federal
 

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Contents

Urban Indigenous Youth and Participatory Politics in the Paris of the Prairies
3
A World of Invisible Things History and Politics in the Context of Settler Colonial Encounters
45
The Space That Lies In Between Ethnographic Encounters with the Land of Living Skies
121
Pushback on the Plains Tensions and Trials of Participation
187
Notes
251
References
284
Index
315
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Jaskiran Dhillon is an assistant professor of global studies and anthropology at The New School in New York City.

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