Indigenous Justice and Philosophies

Articulating the Path of Resurgence


  • Tayana Simpson


Indigenous Philosophies on Injustice is intended to be an exploratory piece that puts the works and theories of multiple Indigenous authors into conversation linked by the penultimate question: what would a world predicated on Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and justice look like, and how do settler states fit into that world? The work came out of a distinct and obvious disconnect between Indigenous rights and settler-colonial mentalities, and an understanding of my privilege and standpoint as a non-Indigenous researcher working in a colonial institution on Indigenous land. My hope with this critical reflection is not to create a plan or a static idea of a resurgent potential, but merely to create space for creation within a fluid multiplicity of worldviews.

Author Biography

Tayana Simpson

I am a cis woman, working from the land of the Mohawk and Haudenosaunee peoples in Montreal, Quebec, where I attend McGill University for a Master’s of Political Science and Gender Studies. My work focuses largely on embodied femininity and its intersections with racial, state, and gendered violence especially under the systemic injustices of settler colonialism. Within all my work and relationships, I seek to position myself within a decolonial, self-aware standpoint that involves understanding my own privilege and actively working to break down injustice. I like doing this work amidst my plethora of plants, my little 6 month old kitten, Bug, and preferably with blankets, tea, flowers, and sunshine!