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The Politics of Trauma

Denise Nadeau


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I am a white skinned woman with dark brown hair and graying temples with hair pulled back tight in a braid. I am wearing glasses with no rim on the bottom and dark red rim at the top. I have large headphones on my ears. I am wearing a light blue jersey with a round neck. I am also wearing abalone shell earrings about the size of a quarter. The background is a beige wall.

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The Politics of Trauma

with Denise Nadeau

Denise Nadeau is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University.

In this video


Mind & body

Nadeau examines the “politics of trauma.” She discusses the ways in which the discourse about trauma reinforces racist and colonial structures and how white body supremacy plays into these structures.

Taking action

  • Focus on resurgence and sovereignty rather than trauma and suffering

  • Enrich your classroom with BIPOC guest speakers to lead anti-racist and decolonial conversations

  • Self-educate and become aware of healing and embodied ways of structuring your classroom


  • King, Ruth. Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. Sounds True: Boulder, 2018

  • Nadeau, Denise and Alannah Young. “Embodying Indigenous Resurgence: All My Relations Pedagogy.” In Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization, ed. Sheila Batacharya and Yuk-Lin Renita Wong, 55–82. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2018.

  • Menakem. Resmaa, My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Las Vegas: Central Recovery Press, 2017

  • Million, Diane. Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights. Tucson University of Arizona Press, 2014.

  • Nadeau, Denise. Unsettling Spirit: A Journey into Decolonization. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2020

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