The Colonial Problem: a History Speaker Series TalkExport this event to calendar

Friday, October 14, 2016 — 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Please join us for the first History Speaker Series talk this fall. Dr Lisa Monchalin will present The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada.

Indigenous peoples are vastly overrepresented in the Canadian criminal justice system. The Canadian government has framed this disproportionate victimization and criminalization as being an "Indian problem." In her recent work, The Colonial Problem, Lisa Monchalin challenges the myth of the "Indian problem" and encourages Canadians to view the crimes and injustices affecting Indigenous peoples from a more culturally aware position. She analyzes the consequences of assimilation policies, dishonoured treaty agreements, manipulative legislation, and systematic racism, arguing that the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian criminal justice system is not an Indian problem but a colonial one.

Dr Lisa Monchalin and the cover 'The Colonial Problem'

Lisa Monchalin is Algonquin, Métis, Huron, and Scottish and teaches in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. She is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to hold a PhD in Criminology. Proud of her Indigenous heritage, and driven by personal and family experiences, she is determined to reduce the amount of crime that affects Indigenous peoples through education. 

Sponsored by the History Speakers Series, the Integrating Knowledges Summit, and the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre, St. Paul's University.

Cost 
Free
Location 
STP - St. Paul's University College

190 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G5
Canada

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