Department of History is Pleased to Present Messecar Speaker Janice Forsyth (Western), Associate Professor, Director, Indigenous Studies.
Unpacking Indigenous Decolonization in Canadian Sport History
Canadian historians, no matter what niche, are being called on to ‘decolonize’ the way they think about and conduct their craft. This movement is part of larger efforts to address historic and ongoing inequities and injustices that Indigenous people in Canada (and elsewhere) face as a result of European colonization. Lately I have been wondering if and how sport historians, in particular, historians who research and write about Indigenous sport, are contributing to this scholarly revolution. It is well documented that sport was used to rupture Indigenous ties to land and culture. Indeed, sport remains part of the modern entanglement that is settler colonialism. How are historians of Indigenous sport contributing to our understanding of decolonization? What do we make of their work if they are not?