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Women and Gender Studies
June Larkin

Aboriginal Women, Colonialism & the Canadian State October 16 th Lecture 5 Colonialism/Genocide Aboriginal Women Organizing Idle No More Guest Speaker: Lee Maracle Heteropatriarchy: a term which recognizes that the system of patriarchy is dominated by heterosexual values and norms Colonialism: the implanting of settlements on distant territory Settler colonialism: when people from the colonizing countries become the population, when settler population becomes strong enough they overtake the indigenous population (Canada, Australia) Genocide/colonialism & settler colonialism - Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group - Genocide had to happen for settler colonialism to be successful, think about the eraser of people o How genocide happened – cultural eraser of people and physical eraser of people  Cultural genocide through residential school; children taken from their families, not allowed to speak their language, sexual and physical abuse  Physical genocide; lots of sickness was spread, over 90% of aboriginal population in Canada was wiped out through disease, illness, and violence - Residential schools, cultural genocide o When these children went home for the summer they had nothing in common with their family
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