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Status as Property: Identity, Land and the Dispossession of First Nations Women in Canada

Bhandar, Brenna (2016) 'Status as Property: Identity, Land and the Dispossession of First Nations Women in Canada.' darkmatter Journal, 14.

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Abstract

In the mid to late nineteenth century, as English and French settlers were in the process of consolidating their colonial Dominion over vast First Nations’ territories in the form of a Canadian federal state, the government enacted legislation to create the juridical category of the Indian. Binding together identity with access to land, Indian status and the Indian reserve would come irrevocably to define and regulate the lives of First Nations people in Canada from the mid-nineteenth century until the present. The creation of the “Indian” as a juridical category, along with the Indian reserve as a space of domination, marks a specific historical conjuncture—one in which identity (or indeed, subjectivity itself) and property relations were bound to one another, creating an apparatus [2] of colonial knowledge and governance that structures the ongoing dispossession of First Nations women.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Gender Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law > Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
ISSN: 20413254
Depositing User: Brenna Bhandar
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 18:30
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22445

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