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Bonita Lawrence

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Department of Humanities

Professor

Office: Room 310 Atkinson Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 22334
Email: bonital@yorku.ca
Attached CV: http://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/files/Current-CV-June-30-2017.docx

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Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is Chair of the Department of Equity Studies, and Coordinator of the the new Indigenous Studies program. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice.

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Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is Chair of the Department of Equity Studies, and Coordinator of the new Indigenous Studies program. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario" (UBC Press, 2012) and "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004).

Degrees

PhD - Sociology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto
M.E.S. - Environmental Studies, York University
B.Sc.- Geology, University of Toronto

Professional Leadership

Feb. 2018: Created Indigenous Studies Program, Department of Equity Studies
July 2018: Chair of Department of Equity Studies

Community Contributions

2007- 2010: Member of Community Council (Diversion Program for Aboriginal Offenders), Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto 1998-2005: Member of Board of Directors, Anduhyaun Inc 2000-2001: Member of Board of Directors, Katorokwi Native Friendship Centre, Kingston, Ontario 1998-2004: Traditional singer, at political rallies, social events, and prisons in the Toronto and Kingston area

Research Interests

Indigenous Peoples , Race and Racism, Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System, Federally Unrecognized Native Communities, Urban, non-status and Metis identitities, Indigenous Studies
Books

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita. "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario." UBC Press, 2012

2012

Lawrence, Bonita. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. UBC Press, 2004

2004

Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence (Editors). Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, 2003

2003

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita. “Federally Recognized Communities in Eastern Canada” in Who is an Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas. Maximilian P. Forte (Editor). Toronto: University of Toronto Press

2013

"Identity, Non-Status Indians and Federally-Unrecognized Communities" in Aboriginal History: A Reader. Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, (Editors). Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012, 196-205

2012

Dua, Enakshi and Bonita Lawrence. “The Limitations of Postcolonial Theory for Understanding Indigenous Struggles”. Proceedings of the Chotro Conference 2008, New Delhi, India. Orient Longman.

2011

Usher, John and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” in International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Charlton, J., P. J. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) Richmond, ON: Center for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety

2011

Amadahy, Zainab and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” in Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada. Arlo Kempf (Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing

2010

Lawrence, Bonita. “Legislating Identity: Colonialism, Land, And Indigenous Legacies” in SAGE Handbook of Identities, edited by Margaret Wetherell and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Sage Publications

2010

Lawrence, Bonita. “Reclaiming Ktaqumkuk: Land and Mi’kmaq Identity in Newfoundland” in Speaking for ourselves: Environmental justice in Canada. Agyeman, J., Cole, P., Haluza-DeLay, R. & O’Riley, P. (Eds. Vancouver: UBC Press

2009

Lawrence, Bonita. “Rewriting Histories Of The Land: Colonization And Indigenous Resistance In Eastern Canada” in Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society. Sherene Razack (Ed), Sumach Press, 2002 21-46.

2002

Lawrence, Bonita. “Mixed-Race Urban Native People Surviving a Legacy of Policies of Genocide” in Expressions in Canadian Native Studies. University of Saskatchewan Extension Press, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2000, 69-94.

2000

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita and Enakshi Dua. “Decolonizing Anti-Racism”. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005

2005

Lawrence, Bonita. “Gender, Race, And The Regulation Of Native Identity In Canada And The United States: An Overview”. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2003, 3-31.

2003

Lawrence, Bonita. Colonialism, Identity and Development: A Case Study From Northeastern Ontario. Occasional Paper Series, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, 1996

1996

Lawrence, Bonita. The Exclusion Of Survivors Voices in Feminist Discourse on Violence Against Women. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), 1996

1996

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita. “Indigenous Identity, Resistance to Resource Theft, and the Land Claims Industry in Ontario”. Presented at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference, Ryerson University, November 14-16. 2008

2008

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

September 18, 2014. Keynote Address: “Indigenous Histories, National Commemoration and Power,” Canadian History at the Crossroads Symposium, co-organized by the University of Ottawa and Canadian Museum of History, Hull, Quebec.

2014

March 28, 2014. Keynote Address: “Decolonizing Anti-Racism: 10 Years Later” for Asian-Canadian Studies Conference, OISE/University of Toronto

2014

March 13, 2013. “Land Claims and Algonquin Resurgence”. York Indigenous Peoples and Environments Seminar, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University

2013

February 13, 2013. “Regulating Native Identity: The Indian Act and Algonquin Identity”. Presentation at Department of Geography Speaker’s Series, University of Western Ontario

2013

January 31, 2013. “Algonquin Identity and Resurgence”. Presentation at the Aboriginal Speakers Series, University of Ottawa

2013

“Algonquin Identity and Federal Recognition”. Guest Lecturer for the Centre of Aboriginal Initiatives, First Nations House, University of Toronto

2012

September 29, 2012. Keynote Speaker. “Treaties, the Indian Act, and Algonquin Decolonization” at “Undisciplined” Conference, Cultural Studies Department, Queen’s University

2012

June 6, 2011. Keynote Speaker, “To Be Indivisibly Indigenous: the Choices of Mixed-Blood Native People”. The 6th Critical Multicultural Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

2011

Keynote Address: “White Supremacy and the Regulation of Identity”. New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness. New College, University of Toronto, October 25, 2008.

2008


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ1960 6.0 A Indigenous Resistance in Global Contexts LECT
Fall 2020 GS/SOCI6204 3.0 A Indigenous Theory SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/INDG3536 3.0 N Indigenous People, Legend and Memory ONLN
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ1960 6.0 A Indigenous Resistance in Global Contexts LECT


Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is Chair of the Department of Equity Studies, and Coordinator of the the new Indigenous Studies program. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice.

Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is Chair of the Department of Equity Studies, and Coordinator of the new Indigenous Studies program. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario" (UBC Press, 2012) and "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004).

Degrees

PhD - Sociology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto
M.E.S. - Environmental Studies, York University
B.Sc.- Geology, University of Toronto

Professional Leadership

Feb. 2018: Created Indigenous Studies Program, Department of Equity Studies
July 2018: Chair of Department of Equity Studies

Community Contributions

2007- 2010: Member of Community Council (Diversion Program for Aboriginal Offenders), Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto 1998-2005: Member of Board of Directors, Anduhyaun Inc 2000-2001: Member of Board of Directors, Katorokwi Native Friendship Centre, Kingston, Ontario 1998-2004: Traditional singer, at political rallies, social events, and prisons in the Toronto and Kingston area

Research Interests

Indigenous Peoples , Race and Racism, Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System, Federally Unrecognized Native Communities, Urban, non-status and Metis identitities, Indigenous Studies

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita. “Federally Recognized Communities in Eastern Canada” in Who is an Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas. Maximilian P. Forte (Editor). Toronto: University of Toronto Press

2013

"Identity, Non-Status Indians and Federally-Unrecognized Communities" in Aboriginal History: A Reader. Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, (Editors). Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012, 196-205

2012

Dua, Enakshi and Bonita Lawrence. “The Limitations of Postcolonial Theory for Understanding Indigenous Struggles”. Proceedings of the Chotro Conference 2008, New Delhi, India. Orient Longman.

2011

Usher, John and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” in International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Charlton, J., P. J. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) Richmond, ON: Center for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety

2011

Amadahy, Zainab and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” in Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada. Arlo Kempf (Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing

2010

Lawrence, Bonita. “Legislating Identity: Colonialism, Land, And Indigenous Legacies” in SAGE Handbook of Identities, edited by Margaret Wetherell and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Sage Publications

2010

Lawrence, Bonita. “Reclaiming Ktaqumkuk: Land and Mi’kmaq Identity in Newfoundland” in Speaking for ourselves: Environmental justice in Canada. Agyeman, J., Cole, P., Haluza-DeLay, R. & O’Riley, P. (Eds. Vancouver: UBC Press

2009

Lawrence, Bonita. “Rewriting Histories Of The Land: Colonization And Indigenous Resistance In Eastern Canada” in Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society. Sherene Razack (Ed), Sumach Press, 2002 21-46.

2002

Lawrence, Bonita. “Mixed-Race Urban Native People Surviving a Legacy of Policies of Genocide” in Expressions in Canadian Native Studies. University of Saskatchewan Extension Press, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2000, 69-94.

2000

Books

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita. "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario." UBC Press, 2012

2012

Lawrence, Bonita. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. UBC Press, 2004

2004

Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence (Editors). Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, 2003

2003

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita and Enakshi Dua. “Decolonizing Anti-Racism”. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005

2005

Lawrence, Bonita. “Gender, Race, And The Regulation Of Native Identity In Canada And The United States: An Overview”. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2003, 3-31.

2003

Lawrence, Bonita. Colonialism, Identity and Development: A Case Study From Northeastern Ontario. Occasional Paper Series, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, 1996

1996

Lawrence, Bonita. The Exclusion Of Survivors Voices in Feminist Discourse on Violence Against Women. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), 1996

1996

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Lawrence, Bonita. “Indigenous Identity, Resistance to Resource Theft, and the Land Claims Industry in Ontario”. Presented at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference, Ryerson University, November 14-16. 2008

2008

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

September 18, 2014. Keynote Address: “Indigenous Histories, National Commemoration and Power,” Canadian History at the Crossroads Symposium, co-organized by the University of Ottawa and Canadian Museum of History, Hull, Quebec.

2014

March 28, 2014. Keynote Address: “Decolonizing Anti-Racism: 10 Years Later” for Asian-Canadian Studies Conference, OISE/University of Toronto

2014

March 13, 2013. “Land Claims and Algonquin Resurgence”. York Indigenous Peoples and Environments Seminar, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University

2013

February 13, 2013. “Regulating Native Identity: The Indian Act and Algonquin Identity”. Presentation at Department of Geography Speaker’s Series, University of Western Ontario

2013

January 31, 2013. “Algonquin Identity and Resurgence”. Presentation at the Aboriginal Speakers Series, University of Ottawa

2013

“Algonquin Identity and Federal Recognition”. Guest Lecturer for the Centre of Aboriginal Initiatives, First Nations House, University of Toronto

2012

September 29, 2012. Keynote Speaker. “Treaties, the Indian Act, and Algonquin Decolonization” at “Undisciplined” Conference, Cultural Studies Department, Queen’s University

2012

June 6, 2011. Keynote Speaker, “To Be Indivisibly Indigenous: the Choices of Mixed-Blood Native People”. The 6th Critical Multicultural Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

2011

Keynote Address: “White Supremacy and the Regulation of Identity”. New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness. New College, University of Toronto, October 25, 2008.

2008


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ1960 6.0 A Indigenous Resistance in Global Contexts LECT
Fall 2020 GS/SOCI6204 3.0 A Indigenous Theory SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/INDG3536 3.0 N Indigenous People, Legend and Memory ONLN
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ1960 6.0 A Indigenous Resistance in Global Contexts LECT