Shiri Pasternak

Sidney Smith Hall, Room 5017A | 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)

Assimilation or Partition?

How Settler Colonialism & Racial Capitalism Co-Produce the Boundaries of Indigenous Economies

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The history of colonialism in Canada has meant both the partition of Indigenous peoples from participating (physically, politically, legally) in the economy and a relentless demand to become assimilated as liberal capitalist citizens. Assimilation and segregation are both tendencies of colonization that protect the interests of white capital. But their respective prevalence seems to depend on the regime of racial capitalism at play. This talk examines the intersection of settler colonization and racial capitalism to shed light on the status of Indigenous economic rights in Canada.

Shiri Pasternak is an assistant professor of Criminology at Ryerson University and the Research Director of the Yellowhead Institute. She is author of the book Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State, which is based on her dissertation research as a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto in the Department of Geography and Planning.

Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street, Toronto, M5S3G3) is an accessible building, with a ramp located at the Huron Street entrance. Closest TTC locations: St. George and Spadina stations, the 510 Spadina streetcar at Harbord Street, and the 94 Wellesley/Ossington bus at St. George Street.

Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.


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