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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Occupy Movement: Toronto

In September 2011, a Canadian non profit organization known as the “adbusters” proposed a peaceful protest and occupancy of a major park near the financial hub of North America, Wall Street (Hiltz 2011). The purpose of this gathering and subsequently occupancy was to express their displeasure and oppose an array of issues such as social […]

“We are the 99%” – Occupy Toronto

Occupy Toronto is part of the global Occupy Movement which started off as the Occupy Wall Street Movement in New York on September 17, 2011 (Brucato 2012: 78). Protestors and participants worldwide were united with the goal of closing the gaps of economic disparity between the rich and the poor. The slogan shared among the […]