Reconciliation with Indigenous ghosts: On the politics of postcolonial ghost stories

From: Home and Native Land


Considers how postcolonial ghost stories – stories that use the figure of the Indigenous ghost to make sense of colonial and postcolonial relations – incorporate the tensions, aspirations, and failings of liberal multiculturalism. Although the figure of the Indigenous ghost pre-dates the emergence of multiculturalism in Canada, the “spectral Native” has been mobilized in a distinctly multicultural register over the past several decades. Just as multiculturalism recognizes “difference” along specific lines, lines that render illegible the historical and ongoing geographies of migration and colonization, postcolonial ghost stories both register Indigeneity and undermine the specific claims of Indigenous peoples.



Emilie Cameron

Emilie Cameron is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. She is interested in Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Canada and the ways in which stories structure colonial and decolonizing geographies.