Nov 082013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 10:45am-12:15pm Vallee-399

Primary Session Category: Colonization
Session Code: Col2
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: In the winter of 2012/13, tens of thousands of Indigenous peoples across Canada and around the world gathered together for rallies, round dances and prayer circles to honour Indigenous sovereignty and protect the earth, air and water. These activities, triggered by federal legislation that facilitated access to reserve lands and undermined environmental protections without First Nations’ consent, were met with mixed reactions by non-Indigenous Canadians, ranging from physical and verbal confrontation and backlash to indifference to active public support. Although the Idle No More movement captured daily news headlines and international attention, the legislation was passed, Indigenous peoples’ demands were mostly ignored, and Canada’s “Economic Action Plan” still focuses on large-scale resource extraction on and through Indigenous lands. Indigenous peoples, meanwhile, continue to defend their lands, assert their rights, and revitalize their cultures and communities.

This session invites theoretical and empirical research papers on the state of and potential for (or cases of) transformation in Indigenous-Settler relations. To what extent are relations – at both the level of interpersonal interaction in everyday life and institutional settings (schools, workplaces, etc.) and the nation-to-nation level – marked by conflict, avoidance, negotiation, or cooperation? How, if at all, have settler attitudes and behaviours changed in recent years, and how do some individuals become allies? What would constitute just and equitable relationships? Finally, what is the significance of Idle No More for Indigenous peoples and Canada, and where is the movement heading?

Session Organizers and co-chairs:
Jeff Denis, McMaster University, Sociology,
Patricia McGuire, University of Saskatchewan, Sociology
Discussant: Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia


1.     Carol Lynne D’Arcangelis  

The ‘impulse to solidarity’: White settler subjectivity in Indigenous/settler solidarity encounters

2.     Angela Nardozi, Jean-Paul Restoule, Kathy Broad, Nancy Steele ,

 Deepening Knowledge: Exploring Teacher Candidate Willingness to Incorporate Aboriginal Content in Future Teaching

3.     Harald Bauder  

Settler and Indigenous Territorial Belongings: Where the Parallax Gap Closes

4.     Konstantin Petoukhov  

The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the police order, and strategies of disruption

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