We’re tired of white male majorities. This week host Martha Chaves is getting real with poet, playwright and activist, Shailja Patel, and Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, and activist, Pamela Palmater, about colonialism, violence, patriarchy, and how they all intersect. Representation matters, it’s time to decolonize power. Here’s how we do it. When feminists rule the world – leaders will look like all of us.
Guests: Shailja Patel, Dr. Pamela D. Palmater
Shailja Patel is a poet, playwright, theatre artist and activist. Her acclaimed book, Migritude, weaves together family history, reportage, and monologues of violence, colonization, and love, to create an achingly beautiful portrait of women's lives and migrant journeys undertaken in the boot print of Empire. Patel's poems have been translated into 17 languages. Her essays and commentaries appear in the Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Internazionale, among others. She has appeared on BBC, Al-Jazeera, and NPR.
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Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has been a practicing lawyer for 20 years and is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. Pam has been studying, volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 25 years on a wide range of social, political and legal issues, like poverty, housing, child and family services, treaty rights, education and legislation impacting First Nations. Pam speaks on these issues on her own podcast Warrior Life.