Making Space for Indigenous Feminism with Robyn Bourgeois and Mary Eberts

2018 02 Mar
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Making Space for Indigenous Feminism with Robyn Bourgeois and Mary Eberts

The first edition of Making Space for Indigenous Feminism proposed that Indigenous feminism was a valid and indeed essential theoretical and activist position, and introduced a roster of important Indigenous feminist contributors. This new edition builds on the success and research of the first and provides updated and new chapters that cover a wide range of some of the most important issues facing Indigenous peoples today: violence against women, recovery of Indigenous self-determination, racism, misogyny and decolonization. Specifically, new chapters deal with Indigenous resurgence, feminism amongst the Sami and in Aboriginal Australia, neoliberal restructuring in Oaxaca, Canada’s settler racism and sexism, and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Contributors, Mary Eberts and Robyn Bourgeois, will be joining us to discuss this book and their chapters!

“This path-breaking collection brings together leading and emerging voices in the field, presenting critical innovative research that reminds us of the need for a consistent application of feminist analytic tools to understand colonialism and patriarchy as mutually constitutive and reinforcing forces. This collection is essential as an emancipatory tool for decolonization and Indigenous resurgence.” — Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, University of Victoria

7 PM
Friday, March 2 2018
@25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

Co-Sponsored by Fernwood Publishing, Inter Pares, the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies - University of Ottawa, the Join Chair in Women's Studies - Carleton University and University of Ottawa, and Human Rights Program, the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies - Carleton University

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Joyce Green)
  • Taking Account of Indigenous Feminism (Joyce Green)
  • Being Indigenous Feminists: Resurgences Against Contemporary Patriarchy (Gina Starblanket)
  • Feminsim Is for Everybody: Aboriginal Women, Feminism and Diversity (Verna St. Denis)
  • My Hometown: Northern Canada, South Africa (Emma LaRocque)
  • “A High Risk Lifestyle”: Being an Indigenous Woman (Mary Eberts)
  • Politics of Gendered Violence in Indigenous Communities (Rauna Kuokkanen)
  • Métis and Feminist: Contemplations on Feminism, Human Rights, Culture and Decolonization (Emma LaRocque)
  • Deploying and Disputing Aboriginal Feminism in Australia (Megan Davis)
  • Balancing Strategies: Aboriginal Women and Constitutional Rights in Canada (Joyce Green)
  • Spare a Thought for Métis Women Elders: Illness and Poverty in Elderhood (Diedre A. Desmarais)
  • Indigenous Law, Gender and Neoliberal State Restructuring in Oaxaca (Isabel Altimerano-Jimenez)
  • Empowerment, Revolution and Real Change: An Interview with Fay Blaney (Fay Blaney & Sam Grey)
  • A Perpetual State of Violence: An Indigenous Feminist Anti-Oppression Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Robyn Bourgeois)
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward (Shirley Green)
  • Colleen Glenn: A Mètis Feminist in Indian Rights for Indian Women (Colleen Glenn with Joyce Green)
  • Culturing Politics and Politicizing Culture (Shirley Bear) • Long Way from Home (Emma LaRocque)

About the Author

Dr. Robyn Bourgeois (Laughing Otter Caring Woman) is an assistant professor with the Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Brock. She is a mixed-race Cree academic, author, and artist originally from the Syilx and Splats’in territories of British Columbia. Robyn’s research foci include violence against indigenous women and girls, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and state-based anti-violence responses.

Mary Eberts is a litigation lawyer based in Toronto who does equality and Indigenous rights cases throughout the country.  She has worked as litigation counsel for the NWAC since 1991 and writes in the areas of violence against Indigenous women, the Indian Act, equality, and the rule of law.


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