Colonial Genocides Conference Schedule



Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America

A Workshop

September 20-22, 2012

University of Manitoba and the Fort Garry Hotel

Winnipeg, Manitoba



Organizing Committee:
Andrew Woolford, Sociology, University of Manitoba
Alexander Hinton, Anthropology/CGHR, Rutgers University
Jeff Benvenuto, Division of Global Affairs/CGHR, Rutgers University

Attendance at workshops is open to faculty members and graduate students at the University of Manitoba and Rutgers University. Please register in advance, since spaces are limited. Contact


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keynote address on Residential Schools and the Question of Genocide

Marshall McLuhan Hall, University Centre, University of Manitoba

Justice Murray Sinclair, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Theodore Fontaine, Residential School Survivor and author of Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools (2010, Heritage Press)

Daniel Paul, Mi’Kmaq Elder and Historian, author of We Were Not the Savages (Fernwood Books)


Public Reception
Marshall McLuhan Hall, University Centre, University of Manitoba           


Friday, September 21, 2012
307 Tier, University of Manitoba (all sessions)


Coffee and registration

Opening: Positionality and Themes for Weekend

Panel 1: Colonial Genocide and Residential Schools in the US and Canada

Alexander Hinton (moderator)

Andrew Woolford (Sociology, University of Manitoba): Disicpline, Territory, and the Colonial Mesh: Boarding/Residential Schools in the U.S. and Canada

David B. MacDonald (Political Science, University of Guelph): Reconciliation after Genocide? Reinterpreting the UNGC Through Indian Residential Schools

Tamara Starblanket (College of Law, University of Saskatchewan): Genocide: Indigenous Nations and the State of Canada


Coffee break


Panel 2: Genocide, State- and Nation-Building in the West

Jeff Benvenuto (moderator)

Benjamin Madley (History, Darmouth): California and Oregon's Modoc Indians: How Resistance Camouflages Genocide in Colonial Histories

Gray Whaley (History, Southern Illinois): A Fault of American Democracy: Native Genocide and the United States in Oregon, 1846-1859

Jeremy Garsha (Department of History, San Francisco State University) Between Bloody and Shark Islands: Genocide Commemoration and Narrative construction in California and Namibia

Lunch break


Panel 3: Genocide, Territory, and Kinship

Andrew Woolford (moderator)

Colin Samson (Sociology, Essex): Social Transformation for Indigenous Peoples and 'Release' for Canada: An Essay on the Ethnocidal Effects of the Innu National Land Claims Agreement

Tasha Hubbard (Native Studies, University of Manitoba): Buffalo Genocide in 19th Century North America: ‘Kill, Skin and Sell’:

Natalia Ilyniak (Sociology, University of Manitoba): A Processual Understanding of Residential Schools as an Instance of Colonial Genociees: The Case of Fort Alexander


Coffee break


Panel 4: Colonial Genocide in the Shatter Zone

Alexander Hinton (moderator)

Robbie Ethridge (Anthropology, University of Mississippi): Global Capital, Violence, and the Making of Colonial Shatter Zones

Jeff Benvenuto (Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University): Choctaw Cultural Change and Continuity: Conceptual, Historical, and Theoretical Issues in Native American Genocide Studies

Preston McBride (Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College): Appraising Carlisle Indian Industrial Schools: Health, Conditions, and Morality, 1879-1918


Return to hotel

Dinner at Bombolini (Workshop participants)


Saturday, September 22, 2012
Assiniboine B, Fort Garry Hotel


Panel 5: Residential Schools, Relationality, and Risk

Jeff Benvenuto (moderator)

Jeremy Patzer (Sociology, Carleton University) A Risk Too Great: Colonial Genocide and the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

Christopher Powell (Sociology, University of Manitoba): Beyond Residential Schools: A Relational Account of Genocide in Canada

Julia Peristerakis (Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba) Children-in-Care: An Examination of Post-Residential School Canadian Politics of Child Apprehension and Relocation in Indigenous Communities

Coffee Break


Panel 6: Colonial Genocide, Elimination and Erasure

Alexander Hinton (moderator)

Tricia Logan (History, Royal Holloway University of London): Memory and Erasure: Nation-Building Myths and Colonial Legacy in Canada

Joseph P. Gone (Psychology, University of Michigan): Colonial Genocide, Historical Trauma, and American Indian Mental Health Disparaties: Conceptual Complications from the Northern Plains

Greg Boese (Psychology, Simon Fraser University): The Social Psychology of Genocide Denial: Do the Facts Matter?


Lunch break


Panel 7: Colonial Genocide and Strategies and Habits of Governance

Andrew Woolford (moderator)

Margaret Jacobs (History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln): The Habit of Elimination: Indigenous Child Removal in Settler Colonial Nations in the Late 20th Century

Kiera Ladner (Political Science, University of Manitoba): Political Genocide: Killing Nations through Legislation and Slow Moving Poison

Mikal Brotnov (History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) So We Lift Our Trusting Eyes: The Converion Process by ABCFM Female Missionaries in Armenia and the American West


Coffee Break


Wrap up: Workshop Summary and Moving Forward

Andrew Woolford

Alexander Hinton

Jeff Benvenuto


The Workshop Organizers would like to thank all of our sponsors: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Aid to Scholarly Workshops); Office of the Vice President of Research (University of Manitoba); Faculty of Arts (University of Manitoba); Faculty of Law (University of Manitoba); Aboriginal Student Centre (University of Manitoba); Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (University of Manitoba); Centre for Human Rights Research (University of Manitoba); Center for Study of Genocide and Human Rights (Rutgers University); Faculty of Arts (University of Manitoba); Social Justice and Criminology Research Coordinator (University of Manitoba); Department of Sociology (University of Manitoba); Department of Anthropology (University of Manitoba); Department of Native Studies (University of Manitoba); Department of Political Studies (University of Manitoba); Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Manitoba); Department of History.