By: Colby Tootoosis
Deconstructing identity has always been highlighted when contemplating processes of decolonization. Everything from revitalizing languages, to determining which word is appropriate when describing nations, has been argued. In fact, the renowned website Last Real Indians most likely has triggered the critical minds of many. “I’m not Indian because I’m not from India,” is often the classic response when Indian is used as a description of the indigenous people of the Americas. This argument is irrelevant– especially when the spirit of our own tongue is awakened. (I’ve been to India and have an east Indian family who have adopted me… Indian way, and I have a deep respect for their homeland.) Decolonization is vital for the liberation of nations. If decolonization is a goal, what does the end result look like? What’s beyond it? What’s on the other side of decolonization and do all nations envision the same thing? What if our nations were already liberated, already free and already sovereign? Clear perception is important regardless of our international outcomes.