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New publication: The Settler Playbook: Understanding Responses to #ShutDownCanada in Historical Context

Sarah Rotz, Sean Carleton, and I co-wrote this Active History piece to point out specific harmful patterns in the way non-Natives respond to Indigenous sovereignty claims and actions. We also offer alternative ways settlers can respond to important Indigenous assertions like #WetsuwetenStong and #ShutDownCanada.

Mainstream media observe Tyendinaga land defenders, Feb 16, 2020. Photo by Daniel Rück


I’m presenting a short paper as part of our departmental Legal History Research Cluster event. Feel free to join us!
























Who cares about legal history ? | Qui se soucie de l’histoire juridique ?

Horaire | Schedule

9:30 – 9:45 Daniel Rück, professor

“Who cares about Indigenous law? The settler-colonial nation state cares.”

9:45 – 10:00 Abarna Selvarajah, Karina Juma, and Eliza Meeson, Undergraduate students

“Displaced Tamils: the legal construction of state security, terrorism, and its implications FOR refuge-seekers from Sri Lanka”

10:00 – 10:15 Discussion

10:15 – 10:30 Mathieu Laflamme, candidat au doctorat

« Entrer dans la chambre à coucher par les archives judiciaires »

10:30 – 10:45 Sylvie Perrier, professeure

« La profondeur historique dans les débats légaux contemporains sur la reproduction humaine »

10:45 – 11:00 Amélie Marineau-Pelletier, candidate au doctorat

« La lettre missive comme document judiciaire ? Conflits et fabrique du lien social en Lorraine au XVe siècle »

11:00 – 11:25 Discussion

Pièce | Room DMS 9161

Jeudi 13 février 2020 | Thursday, 13 February, 2020

Reclaiming Indigenous Place Names

After many decades of settlers installing new place names for Indigenous places, and attempting to erase Indigenous presences, things are starting to turn around. In this policy brief, Christina Gray and I consider the history, some current projects, and give recommendations for how governments can support Indigenous initiatives: Reclaiming Indigenous Place Names

An excerpt from a regional map published by the Eeyou of Eeyou Istchee in 2017. Shaded sections represent areas flooded for due to hydro-electric development. The map thus visually distinguishes natural and artificial waterways in a way that maintains historical memory of the land.

“The Eighth Stage of Genocide”

After the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report, most responses from the mainstream Canadian media involved a rejection of the commission’s deliberate centering of the concept of genocides against Indigenous people. Dr. Valerie Deacon and I wrote a response about patterns in global genocide denial:

The Eighth Stage of GenocideActive History, July 4, 2019. (co-written with Valerie Deacon)

Review of “The Clay We Are Made Of” by Susan Hill

Susan Hill’s “The Clay We Are Made Of” is an important new book on the history of land and Indigenous relations with land at Six Nations of the Grand River. Here’s my short online review aimed at an environmental history audience.

A longer review can be found behind a paywall here: Review of the book: Hill, Susan M. The Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee land tenure on the Grand River. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2017. In The Canadian Historical Review, Vol 100, No 1, March 2019, pp. 103-105