Surveilling: Tia Dafnos, Scott Thompson, Martin French, ‘Surveillance and the Colonial Dream: Canada’s Surveillance of Indigenous Self-Determination’, in Randy K. Lippert, Kevin Walby, Ian Warren, Darren Palmer (eds), National Security, Surveillance and Terror Canada and Australia in Comparative Perspective, Palgrave, pp. 319-342
Abstract: This chapter argues that the self-determining status of Indigenous peoples represents a challenge to claims of Canadian sovereignty. This challenge troubles the settler state’s dream of maintaining conditions of territorial integrity and economic security. Accordingly, the settler state seeks to identify and manage Indigenous peoples and their activities that are perceived to contradict its interests. The surveillance apparatus is fundamental to this governing project and forms the focal point of this chapter. Within this paradigm, assertions of Indigenous self-determination and jurisdiction are commonly conceptualised as threats to critical infrastructure. The expanded potential of Canada’s surveillance apparatus to capture assertions of self-determination is real. To illustrate, we detail recent institutional mutations and surveillance activities currently taking place.
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