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Leo Baskatawang

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Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Email: leobaska@yorku.ca


Leo Baskatawang is an Anishinaabe scholar from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, who is an influential social activist, writer, as well as decorated combat veteran. Prior to beginning his academic career, Leo was enlisted in the United States Army as a member of the prestigious 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at which time he completed two combat tours in support of the Global War On Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2012, Leo initiated an activist movement called March 4 Justice, in which he walked from Vancouver to Ottawa, protesting the ‘Indian Act’. Leo completed his PhD in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, in which he wrote a doctoral dissertation entitled: “Kinamaadiwin Inaakonigewin: A Path to Anishinaabe Cultural Resurgence and Reconciliation”. His SSHRC funded doctoral research highlighted a community-based approach to understanding the historical and contemporary conditions that shape the practices and meanings of Indigenous education, law, social justice and traditional knowledges. Leo also critically engages with anti-colonial theory, thinking through the complexity of socio-legal concepts such as reconciliation and decolonization in the contexts of local Indigenous communities (in particular, the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty # 3, Northwest Ontario) and in Canada more generally.

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Degrees

PhD, University of Manitoba
MA, University of Manitoba
BA (Adv), University of Manitoba

Research Interests

Indigenous Peoples , Law and Justice, Education, Politics and Government

Leo Baskatawang is an Anishinaabe scholar from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, who is an influential social activist, writer, as well as decorated combat veteran. Prior to beginning his academic career, Leo was enlisted in the United States Army as a member of the prestigious 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at which time he completed two combat tours in support of the Global War On Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2012, Leo initiated an activist movement called March 4 Justice, in which he walked from Vancouver to Ottawa, protesting the ‘Indian Act’. Leo completed his PhD in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, in which he wrote a doctoral dissertation entitled: “Kinamaadiwin Inaakonigewin: A Path to Anishinaabe Cultural Resurgence and Reconciliation”. His SSHRC funded doctoral research highlighted a community-based approach to understanding the historical and contemporary conditions that shape the practices and meanings of Indigenous education, law, social justice and traditional knowledges. Leo also critically engages with anti-colonial theory, thinking through the complexity of socio-legal concepts such as reconciliation and decolonization in the contexts of local Indigenous communities (in particular, the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty # 3, Northwest Ontario) and in Canada more generally.

Degrees

PhD, University of Manitoba
MA, University of Manitoba
BA (Adv), University of Manitoba

Research Interests

Indigenous Peoples , Law and Justice, Education, Politics and Government