Spaces of Struggle 4: Settler-Colonial Governance & The Ordering of Indigenous Lands

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Grand Couteau, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Janice Barry, Libby Porter
Chairs: Libby Porter


Settler colonialism is understood as a historically, politically and economically distinct relation of power in which generations of settlers not only came to stay on Indigenous lands, but also sought to replace Indigenous ways of knowing and governing those lands with a new colonial order (Coulthard, 2014; Wolfe, 2006). This colonial ordering of space is achieved through a variety of technologies of power, including the establishment of property regimes, land use regulations, and jurisdictional arrangements. While these technologies are very explicitly geographical, they also link to other social science disciplines and professions including law, public policy and administration, urban and regional planning – to name just a few. This session invites papers that interrogate how the historical and contemporary practices of settler-colonial governance dispossess Indigenous peoples of their lands and political authorities. The papers should express clear interests in the ways in which settler-colonial geographies are produced and reproduced through non-Indigenous institutions, laws, policies and procedures. It particularly invites papers that appropriately centre Indigenous experiences, theories, knowledges and critiques across a range of geographic settings and contexts (urban, non-urban, etc). It also welcomes perspectives from a wide range of settler-colonial contexts, including less studied areas such as Africa, South America and the Middle East.


Spaces of Struggle brings together planners of different stripes to radically rethink theoretical and practical positions of the planning profession. Our hope is to build a substantial conversation with the many planners who have migrated to geography, with the geographers affiliated with planning, and all those in-between. This panel invites the co-organizers of the four Spaces of Struggle sessions, participants, and other radical urban scholars to discuss these questions and struggles.

These sessions are part of ongoing discussions on radical planning. The first two mini-conferences were hosted prior to the ACSP annual meetings in Portland, Oregon in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2017. For more information go to


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Deondre Smiles*, The Ohio State University, Hidden Violence: Indigenous Resistance in Quotidian Settler Structures 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Louise Johnson*, , Stealing a continent: Establishing the legal framework for the colonisation of Australia 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Sue Jackson*, Griffith University, The legal geographies of settler colonial water governance 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Mary-Kay Bachour*, University of Toronto, (Un)Settling Canada: Multiculturalism and the erasure of Indigenous geographies 20 3:40 PM

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