As We Have Always Done

Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance (Indigenous Americas)

312 pages

English language

Published Sept. 5, 2017

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5 stars (1 review)

"Across North America, Indigenous acts of resistance have in recent years opposed the removal of federal protections for forests and waterways in Indigenous lands, halted the expansion of tar sands extraction and the pipeline construction at Standing Rock, and demanded justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women. In As We Have Always Done, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson locates Indigenous political resurgence as a practice rooted in uniquely Indigenous theorizing, writing, organizing, and thinking. Indigenous resistance is a radical rejection of contemporary colonialism focused around refusing the dispossession of Indigenous bodies and land. Simpson makes clear that the resistance's goal can no longer be cultural resurgence as a mechanism for inclusion in a multicultural mosaic. Instead, she calls for unapologetic, place-based Indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state, including heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation."--Dust jacket.

2 editions

Fantastic Guide for Resurgent and Revolutionary Praxis

5 stars

If you live in a settler-colonial country, especially Canada, you need to read this book. If you don't live in a settler colonial country but want to build relationships for emancipation with globally oppressed minorities, this book provides a great guide to do that too. There's really nobody I wouldn't recommend this book to. Even your racist uncle will hopefully get a wakeup call from Simpson's amazingly thoughtful and insightful text.


  • Ojibwa Indians
  • Politics and government
  • Nishnawbe-Aski Nation
  • Government relations


  • Canada