Earlier this year, Dr. Andrea Geiger invited me to write a piece for Primary Source, the Simon Fraser University Department of History newsletter, to discuss the importance of decolonizing historical education. As I was at the time also wrapping up my dissertation, it felt like a good moment to reflect on what I had learned so far about this issue, both as an educator and a researcher.
You can read the essay in full here.
While by no means is this in any way a comprehensive discussion of the subject, I hope it offers some insights onto what may be new terrain for some, and provides others with a better sense of how I approach research and teaching. I am grateful for the learning opportunities I have had at SFU, through the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Center, and in partnership with Stó:lō community members. I also owe a debt of thanks to the scholars whose works I’ve read, many of whom I have not met in person; on this topic in particular, I am especially grateful to Dr. Eve Tuck and Dr. K. Wayne Yang, whose article “Decolonization is not a Metaphor” is a really powerful and necessary piece of learning.