Category: Articles

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 [Winner, 2013 Best Article, Canadian Law and Society Association] PDF Download Abstract Drawing on unpublished material on the history of the Culbertson Tract, records obtained through access to information […]

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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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Empty Lands and Raw Seeds: From the Doctrines of Discovery to Patents on Life

Cadgrages Journal, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, August 2007. Abstract This essay brings to light a relationship between the colonial doctrine of discovery and patents on life today. By tracing the doctrine of discovery, the assignment of terra nullius, and  the development of the discourse of improvement, this essay aims to show the ways in […]

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