Leanne Simpson
University of Alberta, Canadá

Naomi Klein
The Nation Institute, Canadá


What follows presents the conversation between Naomi Klein and Leanne Simpson about extractivism, place memory and socio-political alliances. In many ways, new forms of extractivism threaten indigenous ways of life; particularly cognitive extractivism goes hand in hand with physical extractivism in late capitalist formations. Indigenous movements in Canada advocates for the resurgence of practices of obligation based on memories of the land. Finally, from the Idle No More social coalition, current forms of domination require opening up the possibility for thinking through encounters and alliances between Indigenous and non-Indigenous activist that may reconfigure assumptions about nation-hood, sovereignty and nature.

Keywords: Idle No More, cognitive extractivism, memories of the land, climate change.