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CANCELED: Mining and indigenous people in Canada (talk by Prof. Lindsay A. Bell)

When Nov 10, 2016
from 02:15 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Sem D 119
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Professor of Anthropology Lindsay A. Bell 
from State University of New York at Oswego will visit Poverty and Development Research Center's seminar in November. She will give a talk about her current research project focusing on the grassroots level of the relationship between mining activities and indigenous people in Canada. 

The seminar is open for all.

 


Abstract of the talk:

Harm Through The Prism Of Diamonds: Indigenous Quality of Life & Extraction In Canada’s North

In many parts of world, Indigenous peoples’ lives are entangled with mining development. When extractive development projects take shape, social scientists, communities and corporations each their own way, assess the impacts of resource projects on local peoples. Drawing on a longstanding ethnographic engagement with corporate and ordinary ethics of arctic diamond production in Canada’s Northwest Territories, this talk seeks to “make strange” the viewing of Indigenous impoverishment through the prism of a single resource project. I focus on the movements of Destiny, a young Indigenous woman who regularly “takes off” from the sub-arctic region of Canada she is indigenous to. In tracing Destiny’s difficult stories of leaving and returning to a region known for its dense history of resource extraction and persistent inequalities, I reconsider how extractive wealth is linked to human impoverishment in settler-colonial state.