Bonita Lawrence

Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies at York University, where she teaches Indigenous Studies in the Multicultural and Indigenous Studies program. Her new book, Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario, examines the struggles of federally-unrecognized Algonquins to protect their land in the face of an ongoing land claim.  Other articles she has published include “Decolonizing Anti-Racism” (with Enakshi Dua) in 2005, “Reclaiming Ktaqumkuk: Land and Mi’kmaq Identity in Newfoundland” in 2009, “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” (with Zainab Amadahy), in 2010, and “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” (with John Usher) in 2011.  She is the author of Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood, in 2004. With Kim Anderson, she has co-edited a collection of Native women’s scholarly and activist writing entitled Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival (2003) as well as guest-editing “Indigenous Women: The State of Our Nation”in the journal Atlantis, in Spring, 2005). She is a traditional singer who continues to sing with groups in Kingston and Toronto at Native social and political gatherings.

Added to Archives 2013