Thinking with the trouble: Human-fish relations, reciprocity and the petro-state in Treaty Six Territory, Alberta

Zoe Todd, Carleton University

Friday.  9.Dec.2016.

4:00-6:00pm.  SS5017.

100 St. George Street

Tea. Coffee. Cookies.

ABSTRACT: Donna Haraway has recently called up us to ‘stay with the trouble’ in these turbulent times of the (so-called) Anthropocene. In this talk, I take up her call to tend to ‘trouble’ in Treaty Six Territory in Alberta, Canada by examining the entanglements of humans, fish, oil, and Indigenous (Métis) legal orders in the 21st century in the Lake Winnipeg watershed. I ask what possibilities and potentials can flow from tending to fish-as-kin in the context of what biologist Lorne Fitch (2015)  has identified as Alberta’s ongoing ‘fish crisis’, which is itself shaped, in part, by the realities of Alberta’s political ecology as a oil and gas producing province.

BIO: Zoe Todd (Métis) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in the Treaty Six Area of Alberta, Canada. She is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She studied Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and in June 2016 successfully defended her thesis on human-fish relations in northern Canada .  She researches human-animal and human-environmental relations, Indigenous legal orders and (de)colonial praxis in Canada. Her recent work focuses on fish and Indigenous legal orders. She is also interested in the articulation of Indigenous people’s history and rights in relation to municipal development in Canada — specifically how Indigeneity is expressed through architecture, art, urban planning and story-telling. Her work employs a critical Indigenous feminist lens to examine the shared relationships between people and their environments and legal orders in Canada, with a view to understanding how to bring fish and the more-than-human into conversations about Indigenous self-determination, peoplehood, and governance in Canada today.

Intersections: Lectures, etc. Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Co-sponsored with

Political Ecology Cluster, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

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