Pension securitization and colonial capitalism

Authors: Anna Stanley*, University of Guelph
Topics: Canada
Keywords: setteler colonialism, extractive futures, pension securitization, racial & colonial capitalism
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 36
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The past 20 years of pension securitization in Canada have meant that the retirement savings of Canadian workers are increasingly beholden to domestic, extractive futures—futures which are themselves secured by ongoing (and violent) repression of Indigenous jurisdiction. Indigenous dispossession is a fulcrum of accumulation in Canada, a system where value accrues through economic and financial transactions that are based on Indigenous dispossession and the systemic denial of Indigenous rights. There is no shortage of recent examples-- including militarized police repression of Indigenous jurisdiction in Wet’suwet’en territories, and continued harassment and criminalization of Secwepemc activists protecting unceded territories against the expansion of the TMX pipeline. This paper examines the role of large public sector Canadian pension funds--investing the forced savings (deferred wages) of mainly white settler workers in extractive plays and supportive infrastructures---in the constitution of racial and colonial capitalism in Canada.

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