“A life of dignity, joy and good relation:” Water, Knowledge, and Environmental justice in Rita Wong’s undercurrent


  • Alec Follett University of Guelph




Environmental activism often centres Western knowledge to the detriment of Indigenous peoples’ efforts to define and enact environmental justice on their own terms. In undercurrent, Rita Wong’s poetry centres Indigenous knowledge and approaches to water, while maintaining that non-Indigenous knowledges may be deployed strategically in support of Indigenous peoples’ fights for justice.

Author Biography

Alec Follett, University of Guelph

Alec Follett is a settler PhD candidate in literary studies at the University of Guelph whose research focuses on Indigenous and Canadian environmental justice writing. He has conducted field work for an environmental NGO and serves as co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.