Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America

September 20-22, 2012
University of Manitoba and the Fort Garry Hotel
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Conference Hosts

Centre for Human Rights Research
University of Manitoba

Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights
Rutgers University

Conference Poster
Conference Program
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In the workshop "Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America" researchers from Canada, the USA, Australia and Europe will discuss various destructive aspects of the colonization and subsequent settlement of North America. Massacres, residential/boarding schools, land appropriation, the collapse of the buffalo and other species, disease spread, forced sterilization, and forced political restructuring will all be examined through the lens of genocide -- namely, what impact did these events, individually or combined, have on the ability of Indigenous groups to survive as groups? And what can be done today to redress and educate non-Indigenous North Americans about these harms? These questions will be addressed by experts from a variety of disciplines (History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Studies, Conflict Resolution, and Native Studies), who will assess not only the historical record of these events, but also what they mean for current and future Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in North America. 


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); Centre for Human Rights Research (University of Manitoba); Center for Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights (Rutgers University); Aboriginal Student Centre (University of Manitoba); Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (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).