Tag Archives: Canada

The Oka Crisis- Critical Analysis

Critical Analysis: The Oka Crisis The Oka Crisis of 1990 resulted from the enduring racist ideological foundation of the Canadian state that grants it utmost authority in governing Indigenous land and to deny to Indigenous populations the right to self-determination (Gordon, 2006, p. 34). The following analysis reveals the power relations behind the Oka Crisis […]

The Harperman song: A story of public servant punishment and strategic intimidation

  Harperman is a 2015 protest song written by Anthony Turner about the former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Turner worked for the federal government as a scientist at Environmental Canada, where he was coordinating a project to map priority habitats for migratory birds. In March 2015, Turner entered a songwriting contest, where he was […]

Overview of Sex Workers Rights Movement in Canada

Over the course of history prostitution has been looked down upon and not considered a real job. This has proven itself again and again through our laws and regulations. However, many women and human rights groups have been challenging this point of view. Groups such as the Red Umbrella Fund, Pivot and Maggie’s have all […]

Gustafsen Lake and Colonialism in Canada

The Gustafsen Lake Standoff represents a site of ongoing resistance to the Canadian colonial project. The institution of state control comes together for the purpose of reenforcing the Canadian state and defending its symbolic borders against First Nations. I use Michel Foucault’s (2009) concept of nation building as it is relevant to the need of […]

THE IPPERWASH CRISIS: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE CANADIAN STATE, SOVEREIGNTY, AND INDIGENOUS DISSENT

In September 1995, indigenous residents of Stoney Point First Nation occupied Ipperwash Provincial Park to protest the extensive appropriation of Stoney Point Reserve by the federal government and their subsequent dispossession (The Ipperwash Inquiry, 2007: 16). Using Ipperwash as a case study of contemporary colonialism, this critical analysis will examine how “Canada [continues to be] […]

Sex Workers Should Have Rights Too!

The protests regarding sex workers were a form of resistance against sexual inequality and the right to have their work recognized as legitimate work. We as a society would like to think that we have evolved from our historical roots but that would be an unfair statement to make. Historically, “Certain people, because they have […]

THE ‘NETANYAHU RIOT’ Part III – CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Part I, Part II The riot at Concordia University showed how such events are handled by police, as well as how events are communicated to the public for certain interests. In this final part, the ‘Netanyahu Riot’ will be put in perspective, and the power struggle which took place will be examined. The protesters in […]

STAND UP FOR SCIENCE: Media Analysis

Media has been a very significant tool throughout its history in creating knowledge, affecting consensus and shaping general public view, as well as an instrument of common-sense discourse. The use of media by the government and politicians has been a common thing in creating moral panics and propaganda for their political interests. As Boykoff (2007a) […]

The Oshawa Strike Critical Analysis

The 1937 Oshawa strike represented a critical juncture in Canadian history because its resolution resulted in the creation of more equitable labour conditions for industrial workers. The eventual concessions made by General Motors (GM) in regard to labour conditions were brought about in large part by the efforts made by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) […]

Critical Analysis: Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an organization that was formed in the 1960s in response to various victim-blaming strategies used to blame women for their sexual assaults; it is also focused on addressing women’s safety at night (Take Back the Night 2014). It is presumed that women are more suitable targets than men, therefore requiring […]