Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present

Date: Thursday September 28, 2017
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B201 (note venue change)
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Robyn Maynard

Laying bare the violent realities behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black life in Canada.  Through an unapologetically intersectional, feminist and abolitionist lens, this talk looks at how slavery's legacy has been carried forward by the state, exposing the social and historical forces behind carding/street checks, the war on drugs, the school-to-prison pipeline, welfare “fraud” and child welfare enforcement, deportation, and the disproportionate incarceration of Black folks in Canada's jails, prisons, and immigration detention centres. 



Robyn Maynard

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and independent scholar based in Montréal. She has been a part of movements against racial profiling and police violence for over a decade, and has an extensive background in community work doing harm-reduction-centered outreach and support work. She currently co-cordinates workshops for incarcerated women with the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance.  Her written work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, and a number of academic journals and anthologies.

Queen’s Campus Bookstore will be selling copies of Policing Black Lives at this event.