This chapter shares the experiences of a White settler man who grew up near Fort William First Nation, the racist messages he was exposed to as a young person, his first foray into activism in the 1970s, and his career as a co-founder of Nunavut Sivuniksavut.
Elizabeth (Liz) Carlson-Manathara’s Swedish, Sámi, German, Scots-Irish, and English ancestors settled on lands of the Anishinaabe and Omaha Nations, which were unethically obtained by the US government. She considers herself to be both complicit in and resisting settler colonialism on lands occupied by the Canadian state. Liz’s scholarship is focused on the work of settlers in decolonization through the framework of living in Indigenous sovereignty; she also engages anti-colonial research methodologies and social work practice. She is involved with the Stories of Decolonization film project. Liz is currently learning to live in Indigenous sovereignty as a treaty relative of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 while working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University.
Gladys Rowe, she/her, is a Swampy Cree scholar and a member of Fox Lake Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Gladys has expertise in Indigenist research, arts-based and participatory methodologies, and Indigenous innovation and evaluation. Her doctoral research used storytelling and poetry as a mechanism to learn more about Indigenous birth workers and their experiences reclaiming traditional birthing practices. Gladys is passionate about fostering meaningful connection and deep understanding through the sharing of stories.