Unsettling Conversations at Waterloo: Open Classroom for PACS 301 – Settler Colonial Violence

5 March 2018 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
Hagey Hall Hub second floor “Treehouse” room
Hagey Hall
University of, 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Trevor Holmes

In the wake of recent acquittals in the murders of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine and the ensuing national discussions, a diverse group of faculty are opening their classrooms or hosting teach-ins and conversations during the week of March 5, to talk about the ways in which structural racism exists and supports systemic and interpersonal violence toward Indigenous people. All are welcome at these events, whether you have experience with the ideas or are simply curious about what different disciplinary or interdisciplinary lenses bring to the table.

As researchers and teachers, we are exploring how we think and feel about these trials and the connections between them, our research, and our presence as settlers/guests on the Haldimand Tract. We are putting together a series of events not because we share a unified vision of what needs to be done, or a political position, but rather to initiate a culture of robust, respectful and uncomfortable conversation around indigenous-settler relations among non-indigenous peoples. We hope that this will expand the space available for facilitating the exchange of experiences, challenges, and questions as we address the complexity of socially relevant issues in education.

Some of the topics we invite everyone to consider include:
Where does racism come from historically, and how is it maintained presently, in the very fabric of what is currently called Canada?
What is settler privilege and power, and how does it contribute to ongoing genocide?
How does land ownership operate in the production of a nation, and what other ways are there to think about land?


Monday, Mar 5, 2018
Hagey Hall Hub second floor “Treehouse” room*, 11:30 am -12:50 pm
Open Classroom for PACS 301 – Settler Colonial Violence
Narendran Kumarakulasingam, Peace and Conflict Studies
With guest Craig Fortier, Social Development Studies
“Settler (In)justice: A Conversation about Land”

How and why are indigenous bodies continually targeted for elimination in Canada? What is our connection here at the university with the killings of Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine and myriad others? You are invited to join PACS 301 for a conversation about land, bodies and (in)justice.

*Accessibility note: “Treehouse” is at the top of the first flight of stairs on the left. Hagey Hub elevator does NOT work. Working elevator is in old Hagey wing next to the Hub.

Monday, Mar 5, 2018
Location Brubacher House, 6 pm
Open Classroom for History 247 – Mennonite History
Marlene Epp, History/Peace and Conflict Studies
“Settler Family Stories on Indigenous Land in Waterloo”


Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018
Room ML 349, 11:30-12:50
Open Classroom for Phil 371 / WS 365 – Philosophy of Race
Shannon Dea, Philosophy
Discussing Chapter 1 of Sheila Cote-Meek’s Colonized Classrooms.

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018
Room TBA, 3 pm – 4 pm
Presentation and discussion
Sorouja Moll, Drama and Speech Communication
“Rhetoric of Nation Building: Archive, Media, and Discourses of Race”

Friday, Mar 9, 2018
Room TBA, Noon-1:30 pm
Presentations and discussion
Trevor Holmes, Women’s Studies
“Settler and Indigenous figures in the narrative production of Algonquin Park as Crown Land”
Reina Neufeldt, Peace and Conflict Studies
“‘Off my land?’ A story of fear, loss and trying to find a new way forward from Stoney Knoll, Saskatchewan”
Frankie Condon, English Literature
“Rhetorical listening and the decentering of settler dys-consciousness”

We also recommend talks and events the same week, such as

Angry Inuk | cinema politica

Sorry Is As Sorry Does: Apologies and Beyond, in an Era of Reconciliation, Redress and Resurgence | Arts | University of Waterloo

Resources for further reflection and action

Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects | University of Waterloo

100 ways to Indigenize and decolonize academic programs and courses (PDF, 713 kBytes)

#StandingRockSyllabus – NYC Stands with Standing Rock

The myth of the Wheat King and the killing of Colten Boushie

Unsettling Conversations at Waterloo – Google Docs

Author: KWPeace

KWPeace is a website to link the many Peace and Social Justice organizations in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and the Waterloo Region townships. KWPeace tries to provide a comprehensive calendar of events.