2017 Organizing Committee

Contact: workofsettlercolonialism2017@gmail.com

Tyler Chartrand, Political Science, York University

Tyler’s ancestors were the Métis of Red River / the Selkirk Settlement and he now resides on the land of the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wyndat and Anishinabek peoples. His PhD research is on the intersections of migrant workers, state administration and communication technology. His activism has been in the areas of youth advocacy, queer community, student & union organizing, and migrant justice.

Devin Clancy, Sociology, York University

Devin is a PhD student in sociology at York University. His work focuses on settler colonialism, border politics, and migrant and Indigenous resistance to criminalization. Devin has been organizing with CUPE 3903’s First Nations Solidarity Working Group since 2013 and is an editor with Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.

Annelies Cooper, Political Science, York University

Annelies is an organizer in support of and solidarity with Indigenous-led sovereignty movements on the territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabek, and Wyndat nations (Toronto), as well as in Anishnabek Treaty 3 territory (Northern Ontario). Her PhD research inquires into gendered colonial governance through the implementation of Canada’s legal duty to consult. She is also engaged in student and union organizing work, and activism against campus sexual violence.

Craig Fortier, Renison University College, University of Waterloo

Craig has participated in anti-capitalist, migrant justice, and queer movements and in support of Indigenous sovereignty for over a decade in Toronto (Three Fires Confederacy, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wyandot territories). His research looks at how non-Indigenous anti-authoritarian activists learn, imagine, and practice processes of decolonization as they build relationships with Indigenous sovereignty movements.

Karl Gardner, Political Science, York University

Karl Gardner is an organizer, student, and educator based in Tkaronto, lands historically stewarded by Haudenosaunee, Anishinabek, and Wyndat nations. He is an organizer with No One Is Illegal—Toronto, an editor at Upping the Anti, and is involved in Indigenous solidarity work in and out of the city. He is also a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University, and is focusing on the relationship between local police forces and federal immigration enforcement, and how we can organize to disrupt that relationship.

Colin Hastings, Sociology, York University

Colin is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at York University. His research on the criminalization of HIV nondisclosure lies at the intersection of health studies, criminal-legal studies, and media studies. He has participated in the community-based HIV movement since 2010.

Jessamyn Polson, Masters of Teaching, OISE, University of Toronto

Jessamyn is a student and educator whose studies include settler colonialism in elementary education and pedagogies of solidarity. Relatively new to the practice of organizing adults, Jessamyn has worked with OISE’s Critical Pedagogy Reading Group, supported student-led conferences at OISE through volunteer work, and facilitated workshops for prospective educators.

Sam Spady, Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto

Sam Spady is a PhD Candidate in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research examines labour, race, and practices of settlement in Northern Alberta’s tar sands. She currently organizes with UofT Divest!, the University of Toronto’s Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment committee, and with CUPE Local 3907, representing Graduate Assistants at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Thania Vega, Political Science, York University

Thania is a genderqueer, latinx PhD student in Political Science at York University. Their work focuses on precarious employment in the nursing and health sectors from critical disability, feminist political economic, and anti-racist approaches. Thania has been organizing with CUPE 3903’s First Nations Solidarity Working Group since 2014 and is member of the Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action’s editorial committee.

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