Tag Archives: State power

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: An Analysis

It is undeniable that the outcome of the Ipperwash crisis was none less than devastating. The death of Dudley George and the actions of the police towards the protestors as a group allows for the issue of criminalizing dissent to be brought to light, and hopefully eventually addressed at the institutional level. The Ipperwash crisis […]

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 Ipperwash Crisis: Colonial Relations, Sovereignty and State Violence

After indigenous residents of the Stoney Point First Nation occupied Ipperwash Provincial Park, the state sought to violently remove these individuals from this territory. This led to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) engaging in violent confrontations with these indigenous protesters, as they were pressured into removing them by the Ontario government. Therefore, it is vital to […]

The Yonge Street Riot: Significance of Criminalization and Dissent

Through analyzing facts, depictions, and representations of the Yonge Street Riot of 1992, it is clear that there are many underlying theoretical and conceptual frameworks that can be applied to this event. To refresh our memories of this event, the Yonge Street riot was an act of dissent in response to police brutality and police […]

Critical Analysis of Women’s Riot at the Kingston Prison for Women

The women’s riot at the Kingston Prison for Women erupted on April 24, 1994, when six women prisoners violently attacked the correctional officers and took one hostage. During this confrontation, one of the officers was badly injured. The riot did not last long; the women were immediately apprehended by prison guards and charged with prison […]

Media Analysis: Kingston Penitentiary Riot 1971

The news media plays a significant role in our society, which is perceived as a neutral, balance and substantive source of information.  The ideal role of the media in a liberal democratic society is significant, such as its response to social movements and dissent. The Kingston Penitentiary Riot in 1971 illustrates the news media’s effort […]

G20 Policing: State organized violence

G20 stands for Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from 20 economies (G2012 Mexico 2012). In 1999, G20 was established to examine key issues in the global economy to bring together important industrialized and developing economies (G2012 Mexico 2012).G20 encourages open discussion on key issues related to global economic stability between industrial and emerging-market […]