Evasions #2 Thoughts and Questions
The idea for this cartoon originated from multiple online posts where amer-european settlers voiced their acknowledgement of being settlers on stolen Native lands, but then immediately turned the conversation into why they should have a future on these lands. The cartoon is also influenced by actual responses of Native people to settler’s exploring their future on stolen lands. What reactions does it bring up in you?
- Can we imagine a future North America without settlers present? If not, why?
- What is the role of settlers, if any, in determining their future on stolen Native lands?
- If reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is possible, what do you imagine it looks like?
- Are your actions consistent with Indigenous requests regarding decolonization and solidarity? Why or why not?
- What actions do amer-european settlers need to take in order to make reconciliation even possible with Indigenous peoples?
- How do we hold each other accountable with compassion when our attitudes and actions perpetuate colonization?
We acknowledge that settlers are not entitled to live on this land. We accept that decolonization means the revitalization of indigenous sovereignty, and an end to settler domination of life, lands, and peoples in all territories of the so-called “Americas.” All decisions regarding human interaction with this land base, including who lives on it, are rightfully those of the indigenous nations.
As settlers and non-native people (by which we mean non-indigenous to this hemisphere) acting in solidarity, it is our responsibility to proactively challenge and dismantle colonialist thought and behavior in the communities we identify ourselves to be part of. As people within communities that maintain and benefit from colonization, we are intimately positioned to do this work.
Find more excellent guidelines for allyship and solidarity at Unsettling America.