Renaming as decolonial practice: Amanda Murphyao, Kelly Black, ‘Unsettling Settler Belonging: (Re)naming and Territory Making in the Pacific Northwest’, American Review of Canadian Studies, 2015
Abstract: Names can act as daily reminders of a colonial presence. To unsettle Settler origin stories, we strive to reveal the legacy of (dis)possession rooted in naming. As case studies, we consider the attribution of the name Salish Sea, the naming of the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Georgia, and the delineation of national boundaries during the San Juan Water Boundary Dispute. We use these examples to demonstrate the unsettling potential of (re)naming practices. To conclude, we suggest further areas for praxis and research that are situated in a broader context of naming practices.
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