Author Meets the Critics: Shiri Pasternak's Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Riverview I, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
Organizers: Geoff Mann
Chairs: Geoff Mann


An opportunity to engage with both the author and readers of Shiri Pasternak's award-winning Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State (Minnesota 2017). Audra Simpson, Michelle Daigle, Madeline Whetung, Sharlene Mollett and Glen Coulthard will comment, with a response from the author.

Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State:
Since Justin Trudeau’s election in 2015, Canada has been hailed internationally as embarking on a truly progressive, post-postcolonial era—including an improved relationship between the state and its Indigenous peoples. Shiri Pasternak corrects this misconception, showing that colonialism is very much alive in Canada. From the perspective of Indigenous law and jurisdiction, she tells the story of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, in western Quebec, and their tireless resistance to federal land claims policy.

Grounded Authority chronicles the band’s ongoing attempts to restore full governance over its lands and natural resources through an agreement signed by settler governments almost three decades ago—an agreement the state refuses to fully implement. Pasternak argues that the state’s aversion to recognizing Algonquin jurisdiction stems from its goal of perfecting its sovereignty by replacing the inherent jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples with its own, delegated authority. From police brutality and fabricated sexual abuse cases to an intervention into and overthrow of a customary government, Pasternak provides a compelling, richly detailed account of rarely documented coercive mechanisms employed to force Indigenous communities into compliance with federal policy.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Audra Simpson Columbia University 12
Panelist Madeline Whetung 12
Panelist Michelle Daigle University of British Columbia 12
Panelist Sharlene Mollett University of Toronto 12
Panelist Glen Coulthard University of British Columbia 12
Panelist Shiri Pasternak Columbia University 20

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