The Imaginary Indian

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1) Why does Margot Francis use the word “Imaginary” in this chapter? Carefully unpack the significance of this word choice in relation to Canada’s Indigenous people. (hint: What is its opposite?)

2) Drawing on your own experiences, share an example of another “Imaginary” that operates in everyday Canadian discourse and representations. It could be something about your own cultural identity, or a different kind of marginalized group (Crazy person, Bad mother, Redneck, etc.) A hallmark of a good example is that there is a readily available consensus, and that the stereotype has a purpose or effect that connects it to power. Spell out what that is.

Please use the following sources provided. when using quotations from the readings please out the page number in brackets