The Better Futures Collective Presents – Colonial Intimacies: Remapping the Relationship between Black and Indigenous Communities

WHAT: Join us for a discussion hosted by the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and the Gender Studies Department at Queen’s University that seeks to remap the relationship between black and indigenous peoples.

This symposium will address the academic, activist, and creative conversations surrounding anti-blackness, indigeneity, settler colonialism and decolonization. “Colonial Intimacies” intends to engage with these topics in ways that are no longer limited to identity politics that often foreclose possibilities for community building. It will recognize that decolonization will be an inherently messy process wrapped up in disorder, but it is this very disordering that disrupts white supremacy and colonial logics.

WHO: This event will feature keynote addresses by Andrea Smith (University of California, Riverside) and Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto) as well as interactive workshops. This will allow us to consider what new narratives and meanings emerge when reading black and indigenous encounters with colonial power as intimately connected and situated within logics of white supremacy. These encounters have inflicted deep wounds on both communities, which has sustained both settler colonialism and anti-black racism. “Colonial Intimacies” posits that “entering the space of each other’s wounds” (Georgis 2013) would no longer allow these communities to recognize each other as strangers but as intimately connected in both suffering and survival. This conversation refuses strategies that simply replicate the violence of the past but seeks a new way forward through radical politics of love.

**The better futures collective is a diverse group of people who engage in anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic and anti-ableist work that seeks to produce new strategies for decolonization. We are committed to supporting marginalized communities in their efforts to secure better futures.

WHEN AND WHERE: February 27th 8:30am – 4:30pm AT Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario

For more information or to register for workshops please visit:

Poster for 'Better Futures Presents: Colonial Intimacies'. Description below.

[The image is a poster for the event. The background is black. At the top of the poster there is a white banner with red text that reads ‘Better Futures Are Coming’ in all capitals. The text in the middle of the poster is white and red and reads ‘love’. Underneath, there is text in white that reads ‘Join us on February 27th 2015 for a discussion that seeks to remap the relationship between black and indigenous peoples. This symposium features workshops on dismantling colonial logics and uncovering progressive decolonial strategies for the future’. The text at the bottom of the poster is red and reads  ‘Presented by Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and The Better Futures Collective’]

Author: levanacentre

Nurturing a radical community, fighting gender oppression, & advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment (for those of any or no gender) in Kingston.

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