Writing as a Rupture
A Breakup Note to CanLit
Joshua Whitehead powerfully evokes the failures of accountability that have defined CanLit, and decentres CanLit as a white colonial project in favour of Indigenous Lit. He brings us back to the question of rupture, of what is broken apart, broken open, and what becomes possible from within the wreckage.
JOSHUA WHITEHEAD is an Ojibway-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer from Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is an otâcimow and scholar completing a PhD in English Literatures with a focus on Indigenous Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary on Traditional Blackfoot Territory (Treaty 7). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer and Jonny Appleseed.