Genocide and Ecocide: Race and Specie in our Time
Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan), associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington, explains that genocide, the apex of crimes against humanity, cannot only focus on humans. Ecocide accompanied the genocide of American Indians and Indigenous people worldwide, where the death of Indian bodies and cultures accompanied the killing and obliteration of our relations and our places. Marie Battiste (Mi’kmaq) and James Sakej Henderson (Choctaw) once wrote that “place” is an “expression of the vibrant relationships between people, their ecosystems, and other living being and spirits that share their lands.” The idea of genocide falls short in these times where we destroy specie and place and relations.
Million is the author of Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Rights (2013)
- Speaker: Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan), associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington
- Time: 7 p.m.
- Date: Thursday, Feb. 23
- Place: Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU