Rekinning Our Kinscapes

Renegade Indigenous Stewarding against Gender Genocide

in Girlhood Studies
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  • 1 School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria sdefinn@uvic.ca
  • 2 University of Victoria, Sisters Rising shezell_12@hotmail.com
  • 3 Sisters Rising chantalisabel04@gmail.com
  • 4 University of Victoria, Sisters Rising keenanboarder@gmail.com
  • 5 Sisters Rising kathryn.m.7@hotmail.com
  • 6 Sisters Rising sistersrising@uvic.ca
  • 7 Sisters Rising sistersrising@uvic.ca
  • 8 University of Victoria, Sisters Rising University of Victoria
  • 9 University of Victoria, Sisters Rising pawa.haiyupis@gmail.com
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“Sisters Rising” is an Indigenous-led research project that centers the gender knowledge of Indigenous youth and communities. In this article, members of “Sisters Rising” build on the notion of kinscapes to propose renegade stewardship as a generative concept through which to consider what kinds of responses are required at the community-scholarly-activist level to disrupt conditions of gender-based and sexual violence and racialized poverty that strip Indigenous bodies of sovereignty, land, and cultural connections while targeting us for genocide. Operating from a multimethod research standpoint that is land- and arts-based, community-rooted, and action-oriented, that engages youth of all genders, and that links body sovereignty to decolonization, this work seeks to build political, theoretical, ceremonial, and interpersonal channels that are crucial to restoring dignity with advocacy for and by Indigenous communities.