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Idle No More and the Settler-Colonial State
University of Virginia
Rachel Wahl, Dept. of Leadership, Foundations and Policy, Curry School, University of Virginia
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Andrew Gates, PhD Candidate in Political Theory at the University of Virginia, will be presenting a chapter from his dissertation, entitled “Reclaiming Rights: Human Rights in Legal Marginalization in Contemporary Liberal Democracies,” which examines the ways in which contemporary social movements led by historically marginalized minority communities in Western democracies have taken up and creatively re-articulated fundamental categories of liberal political thought in order to challenge longstanding structures of domination embedded not only in material and institutional relations, but in mainstream conceptions of polity, demos, and citizenship, as well.  The chapter he will be presenting—“Idle No More and the Settler-Colonial State”—traces the ways in which contemporary Indigenous resurgence in Canada has, under the auspices of the Idle No More movement, invoked both treaty law and human rights to indict the continuation of colonial policies in Canadian society and to overturn the political erasure of First Nations under the prevailing multicultural paradigm in contemporary Canadian political culture and federal law.