Table of contents

John Borrows and Kent McNeil

1. Su-taxwiye: Keeping My Name Clean
Sarah Morales

2. At the Corner of Hawks and Powell: Settler Colonialism, Indigenous People, and the Conundrum of Double Permanence
Keith Carlson

3. Look at Your "Pantses": The Art of Wearing and Representing Indigenous Culture as Performative Relationship
Aimée Craft

4. Indigenous Legal Traditions, De-sacralization, Re-sacralization, and the Space for Not-Knowing
Hadley Friedland

5. Mino-audjiwaewin: Choosing Respect, Even in Times of Conflict
Lindsay Borrows

6. How Could You Sleep When Beds Are Burning? Cultural Appropriation and the Place of Non-Indigenous Academics
Felix Hoehn

7. Who Should Teach Indigenous Law?
Karen Drake and A. Christian Airhart

8. Reflections on Cultural Appropriation
Michael Asch

9. Turning Away from the State: Cultural Appropriation in the Shadow of the Courts
John Borrows

10. Voice and Indigenous Rights
Robert Hamilton

11. Guided by Voices? Perspective and Pluralism in the Constitutional Order
Joshua Nichols

12. NONU WEL,WEL TI,Á NE TȺ,EȻEȽ: Our Canoe Is Really Tippy
kQwa'st'not and Hannah Askew

13. Sharp as a Knife: Judge Begbie and Reconciliation
Hamar Foster

14. On Getting It Right the First Time: Researching the Constitution Express
Emma Feltes

15. Confronting Dignity Injustices
Sa’ke’j Henderson



Written by leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, Voicing Identity examines the issue of cultural appropriation in the contexts of researching, writing, and teaching about Indigenous peoples. This book grapples with the questions of who is qualified to engage in these activities and how this can be done appropriately and respectfully.

The authors address these questions from their individual perspectives and experiences, often revealing their personal struggles and their ongoing attempts to resolve them. There is diversity in perspectives and approaches, but also a common goal: to conduct research and teach in respectful ways that enhance understanding of Indigenous histories, cultures, and rights, and promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Bringing together contributors with diverse backgrounds and unique experiences, Voicing Identity will be of interest to students and scholars studying Indigenous issues as well as anyone seeking to engage in the work of making Canada a model for just relations between the original peoples and newcomers.