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A photo of Stoney Squ-w Mountain in Banff by the Bow River. (Shutterstock)

The S-word: Just stop using it

The word Squ-w has an innocent origin, but its use in English has long been derogatory and racist. Place names which use this word should be changed.
Indigenous research participants described a connection to the land as fundamental to their physical, social, psychological and spiritual health.

Back to the land: How one Indigenous community is beating the odds

One First Nations community stands out in northern Ontario, for its low rates of suicide and other mental health challenges. The residents say it's all about their connection to the land.
Marble statue of Roman Ceres or Greek Demeter. The Romans inherited their idea of human nature from the Greeks. Shutterstock

The long walk from ‘civilised’ and ‘barbaric’ to a new world view

The Greco-Roman society believed that people weren't born human, they became human. But how can humanity be defined?That's what the project of decolonising the humanities could be dedicated to.
The “de-” in decolonisation is a chance to break away from colonial ways of doing things. Shutterstock

Decolonising the curriculum: it’s in the detail, not just in the definition

There are other ways to conduct meetings and present lectures. Could adopting, adapting or even just understanding more about these help universities to release colonialism's grip on their practices?
The demand for “decolonised education” may jeopardise research and learning in South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

What “decolonised education” should and shouldn’t mean

It's important that South African teachers, lecturers and professors develop curricula that build on the best knowledge skills, values, beliefs and habits from around the world.
US President Donald Trump stamped his inaugural speech with the promise of ‘America First’ – a slogan with an ominous past. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Trump’s ‘America first’ pledge has echoes of Rhodesia’s racist white nationalists

Rhodesia's white supremacists appealed to the white electorate by taking a stand against African liberation. Similarly, Donald Trump appealed to white Americans who feel overwhelmed by globalisation.
Students in South Africa are tired of Western, Eurocentric university curricula. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Decolonisation: academics must change what they teach, and how

More than two decades after apartheid ended, South African universities still tend to offer a view of the country and continent that is rooted in colonial and apartheid thinking.

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