Rekinning Our Kinscapes

Renegade Indigenous Stewarding against Gender Genocide

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Sandrina de Finney School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria sdefinn@uvic.ca

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Shezell-Rae Sam University of Victoria, Sisters Rising shezell_12@hotmail.com

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Chantal Adams Sisters Rising chantalisabel04@gmail.com

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Keenan Andrew University of Victoria, Sisters Rising keenanboarder@gmail.com

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Kathryn McLeod Sisters Rising kathryn.m.7@hotmail.com

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Amber Lewis Sisters Rising sistersrising@uvic.ca

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Michaela Louis University of Victoria, Sisters Rising lelaidbeau@gmail.com

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Abstract

“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.

Contributor Notes

Sandrina de Finney (ORCID: 0000-0002-0396-7730) is an associate professor in the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, and a researcher with “Sisters Rising.” Email: sdefinn@uvic.ca

Shezell-Rae Sam is a graduate student at the University of Victoria, and a “Sisters Rising” research facilitator. Email: shezell_12@hotmail.com

Chantal Adams is an Indigenous youth counsellor and a “Sisters Rising” research facilitator. Email: chantalisabel04@gmail.com

Keenan Andrew is a graduate student at the University of Victoria, and a “Sisters Rising” research facilitator. Email: keenanboarder@gmail.com

Kathryn McLeod is a “Sisters Rising” participant. Email: Kathryn.m.7@hotmail.com

Amber and Gabby Lewis are sisters and “Sisters Rising” participants. Email: sistersrising@uvic.ca

Michaela Louie is a graduate student at the University of Victoria, and a “Sisters Rising” research facilitator. Email: lelaidbeau@gmail.com

Pawa Haiyupis is a graduate student at the University of Victoria, and a “Sisters Rising” research facilitator. Email: pawa.haiyupis@gmail.com

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