Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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Stories of Oka: Land, Film, and Literature

Date: Thursday February 8, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Isabelle St-Amand, Queen’s University 

In the summer of 1990, the Oka Crisis—or the Kanehsatake Resistance—exposed a rupture in the relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples in Canada. In the wake of the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, the conflict made visible a contemporary Indigenous presence that Canadian society had imagined was on the verge of disappearance. The 78- day standoff also reactivated a long history of Indigenous people’s resistance to colonial policies aimed at assimilation and land appropriation


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Isabelle St-Amand

Isabelle St-Amand is Assistant Professor in the Department of French Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and a Queen’s National Scholar at Queen's University. Her research as a settler scholar focuses on Indigenous literary criticism in Quebec and Canada.