“Robert Olajos’ award-winning article follows the fascinating story of the “Indian day-school” on Bear Island as it adapted to the Teme-Augama Anishnabai’s seasonal way of life. Through an in-depth study of the Bear Island Day School archive, Olajos crafts a subtle and powerful argument about the “nomadic colonialism” of settler societies and colonial governments in northern Canada, and its role in the destruction of the seasonal mobility of the Anishnaabeg.”
Settlers, like myself, cannot become Indigenous to place. But we can, as Robin Wall Kimmerer says, “strive to become naturalized to place….” Becoming naturalized to the land of the Anishinaabeg and Cree is an ongoing process for me, something I work toward with my family. That weekend in Moose Factory, Charlie helped my sons, my wife, and myself along in the process of naturalizing ourselves to this land.