“You can engage in the gentle, quiet (but still powerful and effective) politics of the home, the workplace, and how you interact with people within the Indigenous territories you live. In fact, a lot of scholarship shows that the intimate contexts of relationships, marriage, sex and child-rearing are where colonialism reproduces itself the most effectively (i.e.: Stoler 1989). So this is where we have to be extra aware of how our actions affect one another on the intimate, personal level. You probably won’t get praise from other ‘ally’ activists for this kind of quiet work in the private or local sphere of the household, the kitchen table or the workplace lunchroom, but by realising the importance of these intimate, direct engagements, it does help us to enact Donald’s (2009:6) indigenous métissage: “an ethical relationality… [which] does not overlook or invisibilize the particular historical, cultural and social contexts from which a particular person understands and experiences living in the world. It puts these considerations at the forefront of engagements across frontiers of difference.”
aye, speak truth! don’t i know that which i made bold all too well..