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Through the Eyes of Dzunukwa: stories of law and violence

The Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research, the Indigenous Studies Program, and the Department of English and Cultural Studies are delighted to present a talk by Dr. Sarah Hunt:

Friday, April 1st


BSB 117

Sarah Hunt is a Kwagiulth scholar whose work in Indigenous and legal geographies builds on 15 years of collaborating with Indigenous communities to address diverse issues related to health, justice, gender and sexuality. She was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral research which investigated the relationship between law and violence in ongoing neocolonial relations in BC, asking how violence gains visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and action. Sarah is assistant professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Geography at UBC. Her recent publications can be accessed at

Dr. Hunt’s talk, “Through the Eyes of Dzunukwa: stories of law and violence,” will foster a reimagining of law and of violence in light of ongoing dynamics of Indigenous political and cultural resurgence, at once centering on Indigenous peoples’ agency while grappling with the naturalized violence of neocolonial relations. A grounded analysis of legal pluralism emerges as the interplay of law, violence and space are investigated through the frequently unheard perspectives of Indigenous people working to address violence in communities across BC. Dr. Hunt will highlight initiatives which are changing norms around violence at a community level, forming a countermeasure to the violence of Canadian law, while providing possibilities for the engagement of individual and collective agency, power, and self-determination.

Although Sarah is not giving a seminar, she has kindly passed along two of her articles for those who might want to read some of her recent work (attached).

Please see the attached poster, and please circulate widely. Everyone welcome!

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Date(s) - April 1, 2016
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

McMaster University, BSB 117

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