Keynote Roundtable


We are committed to making our Keynote Roundtable accessible to those who are deaf and hard of hearing. To do so, live transcription will be displayed on a monitor at the event. You can also access the transcription via Google Doc by clicking here: Keynote Panel Live Transcription

The Keynote Roundtable will feature:

Dr. Eve Tuck (Unangax) – Moderator

Eve Tuck earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York in 2008 and is now Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

Tuck’s writing and research is on urban education and Indigenous studies. As a whole, her work focuses on how Indigenous social thought can be engaged to create more fair and just social policy, more meaningful social movements, and when that doesn’t work, robust approaches to decolonization.

Tuck is the author of two recent books, Urban Youth and School Pushout (2012) and Place in Research (co-written with Marcia McKenzie, Routledge, 2015).

She has also co-edited two books, including Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change (co-edited with K. Wayne Yang, 2014), and Land Education (co-edited with Kate McCoy and Marcia McKenzie, 2016).

Tuck is the co-editor of Critical Ethnic Studies, a new journal published by University of Minnesota Press. She is co-editor of a new book series with Routledge, titled Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education.

Tuck is Unangax and is an enrolled member of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Alaska.

Dr. Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw)

Bonita Lawrence is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. She is a founding member of the undergraduate program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity (now Multicultural and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Equity Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of “Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario” (UBC Press, 2012) and “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004).

Vanessa Gray (Anishinaabe)

Vanessa is a 24 year-old Anishinaabe kwe from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located in Canada’s Chemical Valley. Vanessa has been working with community members to bring awareness to the health issues resulting from her reserve’s toxic surroundings. She is an organizer with the group Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP).

Dr. Kyle T. Mays Wabinaw (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe)

Kyle T. Mays is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of urban U.S. history, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Indigenous popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At present, he is working on three books. The first is titled, Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (due out with SUNY Press in 2018). The second book is titled, Indigenous Detroit: Indigeneity, Race, Gender and the Making of a Modern American City (under contract with the University of Washington Press). He is also co-editing an anthology titled, Decolonizing Hip Hop: Blackness and Indigeneity in Hip Hop Culture (under contract with Sense Publishers: Youth, Media, and Culture Series). Dr. Mays writes regularly for public venues, including Indian Country Today Media Network, Native Appropriations, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, and The Native Ninety Percent

Anne Spice (Tlingit)

Anne is a Tlingit member of Kwanlin Dun First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon. She grew up on Treaty 7 territory in Alberta, Canada, and has earned degrees at the University of Lethbridge and Dalhousie University. Anne works with Indigenous peoples resisting resource extraction, and her political and academic interests intersect on the frontlines of Indigenous land defense movements. She is a member of the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective, and she has spent time supporting Indigenous resistance at the Unist’ot’en Camp, on Tahltan territory with the Klabona Keepers, and at Standing Rock. She is researching ways to build networks of solidarity between Indigenous movements against settler colonization and land expropriation. She is especially attentive to the spaces opened by and for queer, trans, non-binary, and two-spirit people as a part of their work for decolonization. She teaches and studies in Lenapehoking (so-called New York City) as a doctoral student in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Matt Chrisler

Matt Chrisler grew up as an uninvited guest on the land of the Yuhaaviatam and Maarayam in what is now called the San Bernardino valley of Southern California. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. He now lives in unceded Lenape territory, where he teaches and works in New York as a PhD student in Anthropology at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York. He is a member of the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective, and an active supporter of front lines in the United States and Canada. He is constantly thinking about the conditions and possible futures for decolonization, especially as Indigenous and Black popular culture intervene in normatively White settler publics.

Matthew’s research examines dynamics of racialization and state power in the 20th and 21st century United States. The focus of his dissertation is how United States education reform nonprofits seek to mobilize privileged youth to redress the contradictions of American democratic ideals and ongoing racial-colonial violence. More broadly, this project focuses on how political subjectivities of “leadership” and relations of care are cultivated as a response to crises in American ideologies of liberal equality, and how they create new terrains of power, agency, and inequality. He has presented preliminary research at conferences and workshops on this topic, using data collected through archival research, media analysis, and brief stints of exploratory fieldwork. In addition, he maintains an ongoing interest in youth politics of decolonization across North America.




Work of Settler Colonialism II: Emergent Solidarities 

April 22, 2017, OISE Library at University of Toronto

9:00 – 9:30  Registration

9:30 – 10:00  Welcome & Opening Ceremony

10:00 – 11:05  Panel #1: “From Turtle Island to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime”

  • Claire Stewart-Kanigan (University of Victoria), “(En)countering Colonial Violence: Challenges in Community-based Sex Work Advocacy on Lekwungen and WSANEC Territory”
  • Rana Sukarieh (York University), “Your Cause is Mine: The Strategy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement in Building Solidarity Alliances”
  • Yara Hawari and Francesco Amaruso (University of Exeter), “Including Palestine in Indigenous Studies: Challenges and Opportunities”

11:15 – 12:45  Panel #2: Against Extraction

  • Shiri Pasternak (Trent University), “Lawyers, Consultants, Accountants, Insurers: The Shadow Economy of Colonization”
  • Jen Preston (York University), “Dismantling ‘White Possession’: White Settler Colonialism and ‘Racial Extractivism’ in Canada”
  • Derek Kornelson (University of Manitoba), “Deconstructing Settler Colonial Domination: Implications for land-protectors and Indigenous-Settler alliances”
  • Eva Portillo (York University), “Decolonizing Settler Colonialism”

12:45 – 1:30  Lunch 

1:30 – 3:00  Panel #3: Unsettling Subjectivities

  • Ben Kapron (York University), “Settler Grounded Normativity: Learning Settler Decolonization through Engagement with Land”
  • Jamey Jesperson (New School), “Queer Resistance on Stolen Land: Trans* Settler Accountabilities in EnGendering Decolonization & the Collateral Queer Damage of Settler Colonialism”
  • Dolores Calderon (Western Washington), “Mestizo Longing as a Settler Futurity along the U.S./Mexico Borderlands”
  • Adam Lewis (York University), “Social Movements, Prefiguration and Settler Colonialism: From Radical Imagination to Decolonial Futures?”

3:00 – 3:15  Coffee Break

3:15 – 5:15  Keynote Roundtable

Moderated by: 

Dr. Eve Tuck (Unangax), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto


Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw), York University

Vanessa Gray (Anishinaabe), Aamjiwinaang & Sarnia Against Pipelines

Kyle Mays Wabinaw (Black/Saginaw Chippewa), University of North Carolina

Anne Spice (Tlingit), CUNY Graduate Center

Matt Chrisler, CUNY Graduate Center

5:15 – 5:30 Closing Ceremony

Work of Settler Colonialism II: Emerging Solidarities

We are very excited to present the second Work of Settler Colonialism Symposium, with a focus on Emergent Solidarities, in  Toronto on April 22, 2017. Our conference schedule will be posted in mid-March and look forward to sharing our exciting panels of papers and keynotes with you.

We’d like to thank the sponsors who are helping to make this event possible:

  • CUPE 3903
  • CUPE 3907
  • Historical Materialism Toronto
  • OISE Department of Social Justice Education
  • OISE Social Justice Education Student Caucus
  • OISE Master of Teaching Program
  • OISE Graduate Students’ Association
  • OPIRG York
  • Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
  • University of Waterloo – Renison University College
  • York University Department of Political Science
  • York University Global Labour Research Centre
  • York University Graduate Political Science Student Association
  • York University Department of Sociology
  • York University Sociology Graduate Association
  • York University Graduate Student Association

Call for Papers

– an interdisciplinary symposium –

April 2017, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 9, 2016

The Work of Settler Colonialism Symposium was launched in April 2016 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This event brought together conversations between the emerging field of settler colonial studies and scholars engaging in the continual crises of neoliberal capitalism with new approaches to labour, capitalism, and resistance against the contemporary issues of late capitalism. This convergence of fields brought to light the interrelations of settler colonialism, anti-Blackness, and neoliberal capitalism as they operate through and within each other. The symposium offered scholars across interdisciplinary fields the opportunity to generate unique lines of inquiry and envision new alliances for resistance and movement building.

This Call For Papers proposes a second symposium that builds on these important discussions and asks, where do we go from here? The Work of Settler Colonialism II – Emergent Solidarities asks writers, activists, and scholars to expand on the collaborations, contradictions, and possibilities that arise when we organize within and against settler colonialism. This is especially pertinent when situated alongside processes of the exploitation of migrant labour, racial slavery and its afterlife, imprisonment, the expansion of extractive industries, and the corresponding struggles that have emerged out of these conditions.

The future of the settler state will be brought about through the work of reproducing social, economic, and political life in its many spaces and forms. Therefore, a central question of this symposium is: how might we interrupt this labour, and instead work towards anti-colonial and decolonial futures?

From ongoing land-based resistance movements against the expansion of pipelines, to movements calling for the abolition of police and prisons, and mobilizations against the increasingly precarious and temporary nature of work and citizenship, this conference is interested in activist, art-based, and scholarly engagements that are firmly rooted in anti-colonial resistance.

We welcome contributors from within as well as beyond the academy, including activist and community-rooted perspectives, to join us in April 2017 in Toronto. We invite contributions (papers, panels, performances) to this symposium that address themes including, but not limited to:

The labor of expansion; enslavement; extractive industries; land ruination and preservation; land parceling and dispossession; the commons; sovereignty; unions and unionization; anarchism, socialism, and Marxism; migrant workers; solidarities and divergences; anti-racism and prison abolition; intersectionality in anti-colonial movements; gendered labor and gendered violence; reproductive labor, education, and child abduction; laboring within recognition; academic labor; and transdisciplinary interventions.

Our primary concern is to hear from those interested in thinking through emergent solidarities across Indigenous, settler, and arrivant positions as we collectively work against ongoing settler colonialism. We look to incite discussions around questions such as:

  • What is the work of settler colonialism?
  • What is the work of resisting settler colonialism?
  • What can be generated by comparing settler colonial contexts (Canada, US, Australia, Israel etc.)?
  • Is the future of labour a settler future?
  • Where are the points of convergence and divergence in potential anti-colonial coalitions?
  • How can interlocking oppressions (such as race, gender, sexuality, and class) be conceptualized within settler colonialism?
  • Where is solidarity work already happening?
  • What is the status of movements across the world committed to decolonization?

Please submit an abstract, no longer than 500 words, single-spaced, including your name and institutional affiliation, by December 9th, 2016, to

Papers will be due February 15th, 2017.