Challenging the myth of indigenous peoples’ ‘last stand’ in Canada and Australia
Public discourse and the conditions of silence
in Rethinking settler colonialism
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This chapter explores discussions between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples engaged in public debates about the history of colonisation in settler-colonial societies. It explains the strategies used by indigenous peoples to challenge the foundational settler histories that pervade popular understandings of history. The chapter discusses the forms of representation-engagement they employ and, more specifically, the narrative strategies they use through an overview of work the authors have carried out in rural Canada and Australia. The chapter examines public discourse in rural settings in Canada and Australia by selecting two sites: the forestry city of Williams Lake in the central interior of British Columbia; and the mining city of Mount Isa in north-western Queensland. Both are sites in which Aboriginal rights are being actively asserted and publicly debated. Frontier histories dominate public consciousness in both Canada and Australia, and undoubtedly other settler-colonial societies as well.

Rethinking settler colonialism

History and memory in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa


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