Vol. 1 No. 1 (2023)
Community Stories

Restful Resistance: How I Use Rest to Dream Métis Futures

Dani Pierson
UBC Okanagan
A photograph of flower beadwork on a red fabric background.

Published 2023-09-29


  • rest,
  • art,
  • biopower,
  • community,
  • resistance

How to Cite

Pierson, D. (2023). Restful Resistance: How I Use Rest to Dream Métis Futures. Pawaatamihk: Journal of Métis Thinkers, 1(1), 19–27. https://doi.org/10.36939/pawaatamihk/vol1no1/art30


Positioning rest as a response to biopower acknowledges the exhausting ways the settler state harms communities. I will consider how collaborative, arts-based rest is a method of refusing settler recognition to prioritize community well-being to dream of healthier Métis futures. I begin with an analysis of how biopower is settler colonialism while bringing in anti-colonial critiques of biopower. I will consider the call from these critiques to turn toward community to resist biopower. Finally, utilizing Métis sources alongside texts that theorize on rest, I shape how collaborative, arts-based practices of building community are a method of resisting biopower through rest.