Shoreline Knowledges: Practices for Unsettling the City
Sarah Hunt/Tłaliłila'ogwa, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
In west coast cities like Victoria, as we face rising sea levels and other climate-related threats to island living, our identities as eco-conscious citizens are being formed through stories which foster a reverence for the natural world. Whether through a passion for weekend hiking or the celebration of historical figures like Emily Carr, whose paintings depict rich west coast landscapes, our social and collective identities are deeply formed via the celebration of nature. In this talk, we are asked to consider how these green narratives continue to foster the colonial erasure of Indigenous relationships with land – and how the practices and legacies of Indigenous women actively unsettle urban colonial landscapes. How might we reform our relationships with the gendered legacies of colonialism via practices which actively disrupt, interrupt and unsettle popular narratives of nature?
Note: This City Talks lecture was a hybrid event held in-person at the Legacy Gallery and live-streamed via Zoom.