Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-399

Primary Session Category: Political Sociology/Social Justice/Social Movements
Session Code: PSSM5
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Settler colonialism in Canada is maintained by an economy and social structure based on resource extraction from lands and waters on remote and rural territories. The Canadian state and its industry partners use digital technologies extensively to protect capitalism. These many and varied digital technology processes include broadcasting digital media content that reinforces colonial relations and capitalist modes of production and consumption, using broadband networks to carry financial information and deliver government programs, surveilling social media to identify actors and social movements challenging the system, and many more.

All rural and remote communities – and particularly Indigenous communities – face both considerable opportunities and challenges related to digital technologies. The land-based lifestyle and culture of remote and rural Indigenous communities has brought them into conflict with the Canadian state and its industry partners. Resources extracted from their territories have been subsidizing the Canadian economy for years. Rural and remote communities are using digital technologies for distance education, telehealth, social networking to maintain community connection, organize resistance, and many more purposes. However challenges include a digital divide, government policies and actions to maintain settler colonialism, and lack of recognition of remote, rural and Indigenous technological innovation.

Session Organizer: Susan O’Donnell, University of New Brunswick, Sociology,

Chair: Rob McMahon, University of New Brunswick


1.     Susan O’Donnell  

Maintaining colonial relations with digital technologies

2.    Ashley Julian  

Digital Technologies and Indigenous Pedagogy

3.    Rob McMahon, Tim LaHache, Tim Whiteduck 

Digital Data Management in Kahnawà:ke

4.     Brian Beaton  

E-Community – First Nations owning and controlling their digital networks and online services

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