Tag Archives: First Nations

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] […]

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, […]

Media Analysis of The Ipperwash Crisis, 1995

The history of colonialism is one that remains embedded institutionally and is seen in present norms and ideologies. It is not surprising then, that media representations work to reinforce these ideas by reporting through a biased lens, working to legitimatize unjust actions against those deemed to be the problem. The Ipperwash crisis can serve as […]

Media Representations of The Burnt Church Crisis

News coverage of the Burnt Church Crisis exposed deep fissures between Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the mainstream media. In late 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Mi’kmaq community of New Brunswick was entitled, as per their treaty rights, to hunt and fish without a licence and out of season in pursuit of […]

The Gustafsen Lake Standoff

The Gustafsen Lake Standoff was the result of a variety of different First Nations interests coming to the forefront of Canadian society again, with Oka still fresh on the minds of many Canadians. Percy Rosette asked rancher Lyle James to preform a Sun Dance his land around Gustafsen Lake in 1994, part of the Lyle’s […]

Idle No More: Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike

Theresa Spence is the chief of the First Nations community, Attawapiskat. On December 12, 2012, Chief Theresa Spence commenced her hunger strike; taking place camped on an island in the Ottawa River near the Parliament. The ongoing hunger strike sought recognition from the Canadian government especially as Chief Spence was seeking to have a discussion […]

The Ipperwash Crisis: An Overview

In 1942, the Stony Point First Nation’s reserve was expropriated by the federal government for the use of a military camp (Morden, 2013). In years to follow, the tension between the federal government and those who were forced to relocate grew and despite multiple promises to return the land, the government failed to do so. […]

The Burnt Church Crisis

The Burnt Church Crisis was a conflict in New Brunswick, Canada, from 1999-2002, between the Mi’kmaq community of Burnt Church and the non-Native residents of New Brunswick. The underlying cause of the dispute between the Mi’kmaq people and the non-Natives was the disagreement of fishing rights in the Miramichi Bay. The Mi’kmaq community claimed that they […]