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"Fish pluralities, refraction and decolonization in amiskwaciwâskahikan" with Zoe Todd

Mon, Mar 14/16 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Room 103, 230 College Street

In a recent piece (Todd 2014), Zoe Todd examines what it means to expand ‘reconciliation’ discourses in Canada ‘beyond-the-human’,incorporating human-fish relations into broader conversations about Indigenous-State relations and settler-colonial realities. This talk examines the possibilities and potentials offered to us as we heed Anishinaabe legal scholar John Borrows’ call to acknowledge Indigenous legal orders within the legal pluralities that shape Canada (Pohlmann 2014). Taking the intimate and fleshy relationships between humans and fish in Zoe's hometown of Edmonton as a departure point, she examines how we can shift legal-governance relationships in Canada away from anthropocentric frameworks and instead acknowledge and tend to the principles of reciprocity, kinship and relatedness that are centred in diverse and dynamic Indigenous legal orders across Canada.

Pohlmann, Monica. (2014). John Borrows on indigenous legal traditions: ‘We need to explore how we can take that law and carve it in new and beautiful ways’. The Globe and Mail.

Todd, Zoe. (2014). “Fish pluralities: Human-animal relations and sites of engagement in Paulatuuq, Arctic Canada.” Etudes/Inuit/Studies 38(1-2): 217-238.

Zoe Todd (Métis) is from amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in Treaty Six Terri-tory in Alberta, Canada. She writes about Indigeneity, art, architecture, decoloni-zation and healing in urban contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in northern Canada. She is a tenure-track lecturer in Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at Aberdeen University. She was a 2011 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar.



The 2016 Winter Proseminar series focuses on the potentials and problematics of Sovereignty and Colonization: both internationally and locally. The series is hosted by the Master of Visual Studies program in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. The talks range from questions of decolonization through independence to the politics of monuments. Questions of exhibition display are intertwined with expanded notions of agency that include the post-human. Organized by Charles Stankievech.