Alec Follett is a white settler PhD candidate in literary studies at the University of Guelph who writes about Indigenous and Canadian environmental justice literature. He serves as co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada and works with various community organizations that promote local literary culture and environmental knowledge.
“‘A life of dignity, joy and good relation’: Water, Knowledge, and Environmental Justice in Rita Wong’s undercurrent”
Environmental activism often centres Western knowledge to the detriment of Indigenous peoples’ efforts to define and enact environmental justice on their own terms. In undercurrent, Rita Wong’s poetry centres Indigenous knowledge and approaches to water, while maintaining that non-Indigenous knowledges may be deployed strategically in support of Indigenous peoples’ fights for justice.
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