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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 […]

science, knowledge, evidence, and the state- Critical analysis

The rallies and events that included chants of ‘death of evidence’ are significant in the understanding of power relations between the public, knowledge and the state. The protests also signify the importance of criminalization of dissent. Understanding criminalization of dissent helps us understand the deeper social, political and economic issues in our society. Studying the […]

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] […]

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 […]

40 Years Later and the media still has not aged a bit

The October Crisis of 1970 marked one of the most intense political situations in Canadian history: it was this moment that for the first time in Canadian history that The War Measures Act was used during peace time. Every moment of this situation was televised and reported across the nation and the globe for millions […]

Ipperwash: the Violent, Indigenous Rebel Terrorists

As previously discussed, the Ipperwash crisis was a fatal Indigenous land claims protest against the Canadian government in September of 1995 (Morden, 2013). Throughout the duration of the protests at Ipperwash Provincial Park, various media outlets covered the events and the proceedings between the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and indigenous dissenters. Focusing on five newspaper […]

Gustafsen Lake: Rebels and Dancers

The media coverage over the Gustafsen Lake standoff represents the paternalistic, dismissive attitude the Canadian government and police have of First Nations people. In analyzing media coverage of the Gustafsen Lake Standoff key dominate narratives include the government’s use of National Chief Ovide Mercredi to provide a disingenuous divide between First Nations people of Canada, […]