Settler-Colonial Nationalism and the 'Indigenous People as Immigrants' Narrative

Wed. Mar. 18 12:30 PM - Wed. Mar. 18 01:30 PM
Location: Room 2B23 (Bryce Hall), University of Winnipeg

Settler-Colonial Nationalism PosterJoin German-Canadian Studies for their brown bag lecture with Dr. Ryan Eyford, speaking on “Settler-Colonial Nationalism and the 'Indigenous People as Immigrants' Narrative”

Since at least the 1960s, the idea that Canada is a ‘nations of immigrants’ has been a popular way of conceptualizing the national community. Some historians have tried to force-fit Indigenous people into that narrative by extending the definition of ‘immigration’ to include theories about human migration across the Bering Strait during the last Ice Age. This talk reviews some examples of the use of this narrative in over the past twenty years, and argues that the idea of Indigenous people as immigrants is part of a settler-colonial perspective on the history of northern North America.

The lectures are 30 minutes followed by a discussion period. The lectures are free and open to students, staff, faculty, and members of the public.

Don't forget to bring your lunch!