Psychiatric Institutionalization as an Expansion of the Medical Colonization of Aboriginal populations in Ontario,1940s-1970s


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The objective of this project is to examine the institutionalization of Indigenous men and women in mental hospitals, in Ontario, from the 1940s to the 1970s, as an extension of medical colonization practices in the post-war period. Although numerous studies have highlighted how residential schools, juvenile training facilities, and child-welfare policies functioned as significant locations for colonial assimilationist strategies and the regulation of Aboriginal populations, there has been no research on how mental hospitals also figured into this colonial project, both in terms of limiting the reproduction of Aboriginal populations and "rehabilitating" Indigenous men and women to white, bourgeois, heteronormative standards of behaviour. Hence, this project breaks new ground with respect to both the history of medical colonization and its extension through psychiatric post-war colonization practices.

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2017
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2018

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