Content warning for discussions of anti-Indigenous violence and residential schools.
This week I’m joined by brilliant Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott, who generously sat down with me during her time at the University of British Columbia here in Vancouver. We talked about Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s fascination with Haudenosaunee women, the food pyramid as a mechanism of colonial violence, and why PETA needs to shut the fuck up about the seal hunt. Oh, and like a million other things. Here are some links if you want to follow along:
- First off, go read some of Alicia’s amazing work. Start with “A memo to Canada,” go on to “CanLit is a Raging Dumpster Fire,” and finish up with “Naming Ourselves,” written with Melanie Lefebvre.
- Now read up on how much more striking the wage gap is for women of colour
- If you’d like to grapple with Foucault’s ideas about power and life, the essay you want is “Society Must Be Defended, 17 March 1976”
- The book Alicia was trying to remember is The Clay We Are Made Of by Susan M. Hill
- If you’re interested in food and colonialism, check out Ian Mosby’s work
- Read more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, especially the Calls to Action
- Finally, read this brilliant article by future-guest Emily Riddle and Lindsay Nixon on the killing of Coulten Boushie
The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Alicia’s theme song is “Rockers to Swallow” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.