An Indigenous Feminist lens

Dismantling the settler-colonial narratives of place-based knowledges in a climate justice world

Authored by: Michelle Montgomery

The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367471149
eBook ISBN: 9781003033530
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The chapter examines how settler-colonial narratives ignore the multiple meanings of placed-based Indigenous identities’ connection to the process of climate change adaptation in environmental governance and how the erasure of Indigenous women in the field of geography is socially, politically, and legally constructed categories of colonialism. When I think of the multiple meanings of place-based identities as an Indigenous woman, the impacts of adaptation to climate change on agency and resilience are a crucial issue, and intensely negated by white feminists in discursive practices of water governance. I will discuss the ways in which reclaiming and decolonizing our narratives invoke resilience of Indigenous women through empowerment of agency by broadening our understanding of white feminist’s social and political erasure in the field of geography; then I will summarize how Eco-Critical Race Theory, the adapted tenets of Critical Race Theory, is important to draw upon the authenticity of place-based Indigenous identities and Indigenous self-determination to understand the process of climate change adaptation in water governance.

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