Stolen Land, Children, and Sisters: How Canada has failed Indigenous People

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, recently spoke at the United Nations about Canada's failure to adequately address structural violence against First Nations, Metis Nations, and Inuit people. Addressing the issue of Stolen Sisters is daunting as it requires deconstructing and decolonizing Canadian national law and legal institutions, which are embedded racist colonial heritages. Mary Marston discusses.

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How Feminist is Canada's New Foreign Aid Really?

On June 9th, the Canadian Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada intended to radically alter its foreign aid policy to specifically center on feminism. With governments and think tanks beyond Canada taking notice, it is important to consider how feminist Canada’s new foreign aid policy is. Despite its intentions, there are still significant problems the Canadian government needs to address. Sarah Pittman discusses.

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Annie Gergi
Art, Geopolitics, and Gendering in Afghanistan: Part 2

This piece is the second part engaging with Paniz Musawi Natanzi's doctoral research on the geopolitics of Afghan-ized visual knowledge production across the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. In this part, Natanzi examines a case from 2016 starring Afghan-ized photographer born and raised in Iran, Fatimah Hosseini, and the accusations she faced of plagiarizing her Tehran-based performance art teacher and artist Esha Sadr. The purpose of this analysis is to put intra-regional dynamics of gendering and cultural production into a critical conversation in order to approach challenges and predicaments art students and artists have that are rendered invisible when “the spectacle” - comprising of media and social media ‘coverage’ of artistic events in the region - becomes a medium of reproducing identity politics.

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Annie Gergi