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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter explores how questions of epistemic justice are expressed in the context of indigenous struggles against settler colonization in the anglophone world. It focuses specifically on how indigenous peoples in the Anglo-settler world (1) tend to preserve and transmit knowledge about their societies and the history of their struggles against colonization through various oral traditions, rather than the text-based or scriptural traditions of many other societies, and (2) have been subject to a particular form of eliminatory violence that has sought not only to subordinate and exploit them, but also to erase and replace them altogether with neo-European settler societies. This chapter considers how these two features articulate as problems of epistemic justice. Part I introduces a specific case study—the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada decision Delgamuukw v. British Columbia—as a means of clarifying the stakes and contours of the first problem. Part II offers a critical survey of work that has developed in the twenty years since Delgamuukw, which has increasingly linked the two highlighted issues.

Keywords: epistemic justice, indigeneity, settler colonialism, oral tradition, violence

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