Author: Shiri Pasternak

Criminalization at Tyendinaga: Securing Canada’s Colonial Property Regime through Specific Land Claims

Shiri Pasternak, Sue Collis, Tia Dafnos. “Criminalization at Tyendinaga: Securing Canada’s Colonial Property Regime through Specific Land Claims,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society, May 2013: 1-17. [Winner, 2013 Best Article, Canadian Law and Society Association] PDF Download Abstract Drawing on unpublished material on the history of the Culbertson Tract, records obtained through access to information […]

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The economics of insurgency: Thoughts on Idle No More and critical infrastructure

Originally published by rabble.ca Link:  http://rabble.ca/news/2013/01/economics-insurgency-thoughts-idle-no-more-and-critical-infrastructure News reports are ablaze with reports of looming Indigenous blockades and economic disruption. As the Idle No More (INM) movement explodes into a new territory of political action, it bears to amplify the incredible economic leverage of First Nations today, and how frightened the government and industry are of […]

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Cultural Geographies: Landscape, Narrative and Community (OCAD University)

This course will introduce students to the field of cultural geography by investigating concepts of the land and landscapes as frameworks for both the natural and built environment. Through lectures and readings the course will examine how humans have transformed and manipulated space over time, while simultaneously developing cultures that encompass a range of ideas […]

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Occupy(ed) Canada: The political economy of Indigenous dispossession in Canada

Originally published by rabble.ca.  Republished in The Winter We Danced: Voices From the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement by The Kino-nda-niimi Collective (Editor) (Winnipeg, MB: ARP Books, forthcoming, 2014). Link: http://rabble.ca/news/2011/10/occupyed-canada-political-economy-indigenous-dispossession-canada, http://arpbooks.org/books/detail/the-winter-we-danced The political economy of Canada rests on claims of ownership to all lands and resources within our national borders. So, what, in […]

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First Nations Under Surveillance

Co-written with Russel Diabo.  Originally published by First Nations Strategic Bulletin, Vol. 9, Issues 1-5, January-May 2011.  Republished on Media Co-op and expanded in Socialist Bulletin. Links: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57561401/First-Nations-Strategic-Bulletin-Jan-May-2011, http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/first-nations-under-surveillance/7434, http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/515.php Harper Government Prepares for First Nations “Unrest” Russell Diabo and Shiri Pasternak Internal documents from Indian Affairs and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) show that shortly after forming […]

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Planning and Colonialism (University of Toronto)

This course will provide an introduction to the colonial history and current colonial realities in Canada from the perspective of planning. We will present an historical approach to planning &colonialism; provide a practical guide to current land use and environmental planning policy; use current case study examples; and consider possible responses by planners in the […]

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Born from Bears and Corn: Why Indigenous Knowledge Matters in the Debate about Genetically Engineered Food

Pasternak, S., Lorenzo Magzul and Nancy Turner, “Born from Bears and Corn: Why Indigenous Knowledge Matters in the Debate about Genetically Engineered Food.” Gene Taboos: Religious Attitudes to Genetically Modified Food, Harold Coward and Conrad Brunk, eds. (New York: SUNY Press, 2009). Link: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-4870-acceptable-genes.aspx

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Use It or Lose It: Toronto’s ‘Use It or Lose It’ Campaign for Affordable Housing.

Pasternak, S. and David Wachsmuth, “Use It or Lose It: Toronto’s ‘Use It or Lose It’ Campaign for Affordable Housing.” Critical Planning Journal 15, 2008. [Winner – Soja Prize for Best Essay] Abstract The city of Toronto is suffering from ‘abandonment issues’. A campaign of the same name seeks to help address the city’s housing […]

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