Sports & (De)Colonization

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By Sean Graham

Janice Forsyth, author of Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport, and I talk about the Tom Longboat Awards and the role of sport in the story of colonization. We discuss Janice’s history as a past winner, the importance of sporting role models, and mainstream sports’ role in colonial structures. We also chat about how the media tells athletes’ stories and the role of traditional sports and games in decolonization.

Historical Headline of the Week

Bobby Hristova, “Indigenous Teens Hope Return of Lacrosse to Canada Games will Inspire Future Generations,” CBC News, August 6, 2022.

Sean Graham is a media historian, an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, and a contributing editor with

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