John Steckley

John Steckley is a professor at Humber College, where he has taught sociology, anthropology and Aboriginal studies since 1986. He has published 16 books, including five textbooks, and five books on the Wendat (Huron) language.

Calling People Names: An Expression of Colonial Power

Outsider-imposed names are not the names that the various indigenous peoples knew themselves by in their own language. Naming indigenous peoples in North American has been an expression of colonial power. From the time of early contact, this power has almost completely monopolized the representation of the people in all media: conversations on the street, official records, place names on maps,... Continue Reading

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Learning from an Indigenous Language

Reviving this indigenous language can teach people about an alternative worldview that can certainly help us today. I work with reviving an indigenous language in the two dialects known as Wendat and Wyandot. It is related to the six languages of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) and Cherokee. They are descendants of the peoples that the... Continue Reading

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For Native Americans, Sex Didn't Come With Guilt

For the Aboriginal people of North America, sex was not associated with guilt.        The Wendat (Huron) are an Aboriginal people whose descendants live in four communities across North America – in Quebec, Michigan, Kansas and Oklahoma – and separately across the continent. Their ancestors of the 17th century became well-known in Europe because of the writings of Jesuit missionaries... Continue Reading

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