Lewis Williams, London, Ontario, 2021. Photo credit: Ron Benner
Lewis' Latest Book: Indigenous Intergenerational Resilience: Confronting Cultural and Ecology Crisis, 2021
This book argues that there is a need to develop greater Indigenous-led intergenerational resilience in order to meet the challenges posed by contemporary crises of climate change, cultural clashes and adversity. In today’s media, the climate crisis is kept largely separate and distinct from the violent cultural clashes unfolding on the grounds of religion and migration, but each is similarly symptomatic of the erasure of the human connection to place and the accompanying tensions between generations and cultures. This book argues that both forms of crisis are intimately related, underscored and driven by the structures of white supremacism which at their most immediate and visible manifest as the discipline of black bodies, and at more fundamental and far-reaching proportions are about the power, privilege and patterns of thinking associated with but no longer exclusive to white people. In the face of such crisis, it is essential to bring the experience and wisdom of Elders and traditional knowledge keepers together with the contemporary realities and vision of youth. This book’s inclusive and critical perspective on Indigenous-led intergenerational resilience will be valuable to Indigenous and non-Indigenous interdisciplinary scholars working on human-ecological resilience. For more information, visit Lewis' website.
Lewis Williams is an interdisciplinary, Indigenous, feminist scholar-practitioner of Ngāi Te Rangi descent. Her scholarship and practice centre on Indigenous resurgence and reconciliation as key means of addressing Indigenous disparities and human-planetary wellbeing. Growing up in Aotearoa / New Zealand and initially qualifying and practicing as a social worker and community developer, she has worked and lived within diverse communities and regions within Aotearoa / New Zealand, Turtle Island / Canada, and Australia. Lewis is the Founding Director of the Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience (AIR), a Canadian-based international not-for-profit organization whose aim is strengthening human-ecological resilience through the resurgence of Indigenous knowledges and lifeways within all peoples. She is also an Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies Program and Department of Geography and Environment, University of Western Ontario, Turtle Island / Canada.
Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience (AIR): https://intergenresil.com
Indigenous Intergenerational Resilience by Lewis Williams: https://www.routledge.com/Indigenous-Intergenerational-Resilience-Confronting-Cultural-and-Ecological/Williams/p/book/9780367442125