The Colonial Problem

The Colonial Problem

An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada

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Indigenous peoples are vastly overrepresented in the Canadian criminal justice system. The Canadian government has framed this disproportionate victimization and criminalization as being an "Indian problem."

In The Colonial Problem, Lisa Monchalin challenges the myth of the "Indian problem" and encourages readers to view the crimes and injustices affecting Indigenous peoples from a more culturally aware position. She analyzes the consequences of assimilation policies, dishonoured treaty agreements, manipulative legislation, and systematic racism, arguing that the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian criminal justice system is not an Indian problem but a colonial one.

Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781442606623
Characteristics: xxxv, 412 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,23 cm

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Indigenous peoples are vastly over-represented in the Canadian criminal justice system. The Canadian government has framed this disproportionate victimization and criminalization as being an “Indian problem.”

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