I would like to take the time to honour the original owners and custodians of the land on which we inhabit and create. The present thesis was conceived while I was residing on Anishinābe Akì Territory and in T’karonto, the ancestral territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Anishinābe, the Wendat, the Chippewa, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River First Nations.
In the introduction to Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies, Dylan Robinson (2020) invites us to consider our listening biases, listening privilege, and listening ability as part of our critical listening positionality (p. 10). As the author explains, “by becoming aware of normative listening habits and abilities, we are better able to listen otherwise” (p. 11).
As a guest on these lands, I am committed to listening to Indigenous people and working towards the strengthening of solidarity between Black and Indigenous communities. I will continue to reflect on my geographic positioning, connection to indigeneity, understanding of embodied place, relationship to settler-coloniality, and decolonial justice.