State Violence, Forced Child Removals and DIC 4a - The instrumentality of state institutions


The instrumentality of state institutions

[imagecaption] 9th Annual Strawberry Ceremony, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Toronto Police Headquarters, 2014. Photo: HiMY SYed. [/imagecaption]


Discussing the annual memorial marches for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women organised by a community coalition in Canada, Allison Hargreaves describes the significance of their route, beginning on the steps of the courthouse and winding through the busiest downtown streets to the police headquarters. Like the content of the speeches, the route of the march was ‘an act of Indigenous-led public memorial that’ emphasized that ‘the justice system has not merely failed to protect the missing and murdered, but has actually been instrumental to this violence in the first place — displacing Indigenous women and children through policy and legislation’ expressly designed to this end. Hargreaves argues that the march did not seek protection for Indigenous peoples caught in these institutions, but rather insisted ‘on the need for a different political relationship between Indigenous people and the colonial nation-state (Hargreaves 2017, 8).


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