Seen but not Heard: Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour in the Academy
This book, the proceedings of a Symposium, focuses on the experiences of women of colour and Aboriginal women scholars with issues of equity in the academy. It proffered the opportunity for the participants to share their lived experiences, ideas and hopes for change. The discussion begins with a summary of the editors'' research on the experiences of faculty of colour and Aboriginal faculty in Canadian universities. The presentations of four invited speakers follow. Patricia Monture-Angus describes her struggles with the process in securing tenure, as an Aboriginal woman. It was the omissions -what she was not told- as much as what was done to her that made the university a chilly, inequitable institution to her. Sherene Razack analyzes the role of the ''Native Informant'' and the spaces that racialized immigrant women are allocated in the university. While ''a little bit'' of discussion of racism, hegemony and social change is allowed, there is no space for serious challenge to white supremacy. Wanda Thomas Bernard shares her personal struggle with the daily obstacles, the visible and invisible demands on her time and her reclaiming of hope as a form of resistance in the university. Finally, Joanne St. Lewis shows us how systemic racism in the university is demonstrated in the way we do our scholarship, our teaching, our interaction and in every area of our historical and present existence ''in the belly of the beast.'' This book calls for a ‘new beginning’ guided by the analysis and strategies presented.