What are the biggest challenges you believe you will face when it comes to indigenizing and decolonizing? How will you combat these challenges (personal challenges/challenges with others)
I think the biggest challenge with indigenizing and decolonizing will be balancing personal and professional obligations that come with doing this. Personally, I know it is right to indigenize and decolonize my classroom, and eventually try to do so with my school, however, this may be go against the intentions of other colleagues. In order to combat this, it would take a team of supportive colleagues to encourage better beliefs.
Tuck and Yang (2012) state in their article that there are these settler fantasies of adoption that alleviate the anxiety of settler un-belonging. How does throwing around concepts of indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation alleviate that settler un-belonging?
Within the article it states, "the too-easy adoption of decolonizing discourse (making decolonization a metaphor) is just one part of that history and it taps into preexisting tropes that get in the way of more meaningful potential alliances" (Tuck and Yang, 2012, p. 3). This makes decolonization seem less important or impactful for Indigenous peoples that were affected by colonization, and tends to dissolve the intergenerational trauma that is apparent to those experiencing it. Furthermore, a metaphor, or "fantasy" also gives a sense of unrealistic, hidden or a light feeling of decolonization. In fact, in the article there is a quote that states, "Let us admit it, the settler knows perfectly well that no phraseology can be a substitute
for reality (Tuck and Yang, 2012, p. 2), which is exactly what the metaphor/fantasy does. The settler fantasy of adoption makes it seem that it did not happen.
By throwing around concepts of indigenization, decolonization and reconciliation it may contribute to make Canada's history of colonization more real and honest, if these concepts are brought up with tâpwêwin.
Tuck, E. and Yang, K. W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor, 1 (1). pg. 1-40. Retrieved from https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/des/article/view/18630/15554