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Polishing the Chain: Treaty Relations in Toronto

The 2021-2022 Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change Annual Seminar Series “Polishing the Chain”


Taking Care of the Dish: Treaties, Indigenous Law & Environmental Justice with Carolynne Crawley, Dr. Deborah McGregor and Dr. Adrienne Lickers Xavier

October 26th, 2021

11:30am to 1:30pm

Indigenous/Crown treaties are not moments where colonial law was imposed. They represent a meeting between Indigenous and colonial legal orders. To understand our treaty relations, we must understand the Indigenous laws, knowledge systems and visions of justice they are grounded in. In this talk speakers will reflect on their work in Indigenous Environmental Justice in relation to Indigenous law and treaties, to explore the ways these agreements guide Indigenous Land stewardship, and ways they are being lived in Toronto and Southern Ontario today.

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This event is the second seminar in the “Polishing the Chain”, the 2021-2022 Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change Annual Seminar Series. “Polishing the Chain” will explore the spirit and intent of Toronto treaties, the ways Indigenous peoples have and continue to uphold them, the extent to which they are reflected in contemporary Indigenous / state relations, and the possibilities these open for working towards conciliation and establishing right relations with each other, and the Land. This will be done with careful attention to both Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee perspectives, and to the ways diverse settler and non-Indigenous (including Black and im/migrant) communities relate to this shared history and the structures of powers it has created.

Presented by the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change with York’s Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages, Dr. Deborah McGregor’s Indigenous Environmental Project, and Jumblies Theatre & Art’s Talking Treaties; and with support from VPRI and the Indigenous Teaching and Learning Fund.



Oct 26 2021


11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Online/ Webinar
Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change


Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change
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