Bonita Lawrence

Department of Equity Studies

Associate Professor

Office: Atkinson College, 408
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 22334
Emailbonital@yorku.ca

Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice.

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Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. She is a founding member of the undergraduate program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity (now Multicultural and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Equity Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario" (UBC Press, 2012) and "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004).

Area of Specialization

Indigenous Studies

Degrees

PhD - Sociology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto
M.E.S. - Environmental Studies, York University
B.Sc.- Geology, University of Toronto

Professional Leadership

2006/7: Developed proposal for Graduate Program (MA/PhD) in Indigenous Thought 2006/7: Chair, Aboriginal Council 2004/5: Created Undergraduate Degree program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity 2001/3: Created Traditional Women's Program, Four Directions Aboriginal Students' Centre, Queen's University

Community Contributions

2007- 2010: Member of Community Council (Diversion Program for Aboriginal Offenders), Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto 1998-2005: Member of Board of Directors, Anduhyaun Inc 2000-2001: Member of Board of Directors, Katorokwi Native Friendship Centre, Kingston, Ontario 1998-2004: Traditional singer, at political rallies, social events, and prisons in the Toronto and Kingston area


Research Interests

Aboriginal Peoples , Race and Racism , Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System, Federally Unrecognized Native Communities , Urban, non-status and Metis identitities

Selected Publications

Lawrence, Bonita. "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario." UBC Press, 2012

Lawrence, Bonita. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. UBC Press, 2004

Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence (Editors). Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, 2003

Lawrence, Bonita and Enakshi Dua. “Decolonizing Anti-Racism”. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005

Amadahy, Zainab and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” in Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada. Arlo Kempf (Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing

Usher, John and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” in International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Charlton, J., P. J. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) Richmond, ON: Center for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety

Selected Publications

Lawrence, Bonita. "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario." UBC Press, 2012

Lawrence, Bonita. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. UBC Press, 2004

Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence (Editors). Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, 2003

Lawrence, Bonita and Enakshi Dua. “Decolonizing Anti-Racism”. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005

Amadahy, Zainab and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” in Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada. Arlo Kempf (Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing

Usher, John and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” in International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Charlton, J., P. J. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) Richmond, ON: Center for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety

All Publications

Books

Lawrence, Bonita. "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario." UBC Press, 2012

Lawrence, Bonita. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. UBC Press, 2004

Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence (Editors). Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, 2003

Book Chapters

Lawrence, Bonita. “Federally Recognized Communities in Eastern Canada” in Who is an Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas. Maximilian P. Forte (Editor). Toronto: University of Toronto Press

"Identity, Non-Status Indians and Federally-Unrecognized Communities" in Aboriginal History: A Reader. Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, (Editors). Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012, 196-205

Dua, Enakshi and Bonita Lawrence. “The Limitations of Postcolonial Theory for Understanding Indigenous Struggles”. Proceedings of the Chotro Conference 2008, New Delhi, India. Orient Longman.

Usher, John and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” in International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Charlton, J., P. J. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) Richmond, ON: Center for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety

Lawrence, Bonita. “Legislating Identity: Colonialism, Land, And Indigenous Legacies” in SAGE Handbook of Identities, edited by Margaret Wetherell and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Sage Publications

Amadahy, Zainab and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” in Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada. Arlo Kempf (Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing

Lawrence, Bonita. “Reclaiming Ktaqumkuk: Land and Mi’kmaq Identity in Newfoundland” in Speaking for ourselves: Environmental justice in Canada. Agyeman, J., Cole, P., Haluza-DeLay, R. & O’Riley, P. (Eds. Vancouver: UBC Press

Lawrence, Bonita. “Rewriting Histories Of The Land: Colonization And Indigenous Resistance In Eastern Canada” in Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society. Sherene Razack (Ed), Sumach Press, 2002 21-46.

Lawrence, Bonita. “Mixed-Race Urban Native People Surviving a Legacy of Policies of Genocide” in Expressions in Canadian Native Studies. University of Saskatchewan Extension Press, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2000, 69-94.

Journal Articles

Lawrence, Bonita and Enakshi Dua. “Decolonizing Anti-Racism”. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005

Lawrence, Bonita. “Gender, Race, And The Regulation Of Native Identity In Canada And The United States: An Overview”. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2003, 3-31.

Lawrence, Bonita. Colonialism, Identity and Development: A Case Study From Northeastern Ontario. Occasional Paper Series, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, 1996

Lawrence, Bonita. The Exclusion Of Survivors Voices in Feminist Discourse on Violence Against Women. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), 1996

Conference Papers

Lawrence, Bonita. “Indigenous Identity, Resistance to Resource Theft, and the Land Claims Industry in Ontario”. Presented at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference, Ryerson University, November 14-16. 2008

Public Lectures

September 18, 2014. Keynote Address: “Indigenous Histories, National Commemoration and Power,” Canadian History at the Crossroads Symposium, co-organized by the University of Ottawa and Canadian Museum of History, Hull, Quebec.

March 28, 2014. Keynote Address: “Decolonizing Anti-Racism: 10 Years Later” for Asian-Canadian Studies Conference, OISE/University of Toronto

March 13, 2013. “Land Claims and Algonquin Resurgence”. York Indigenous Peoples and Environments Seminar, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University

February 13, 2013. “Regulating Native Identity: The Indian Act and Algonquin Identity”. Presentation at Department of Geography Speaker’s Series, University of Western Ontario

January 31, 2013. “Algonquin Identity and Resurgence”. Presentation at the Aboriginal Speakers Series, University of Ottawa

“Algonquin Identity and Federal Recognition”. Guest Lecturer for the Centre of Aboriginal Initiatives, First Nations House, University of Toronto

September 29, 2012. Keynote Speaker. “Treaties, the Indian Act, and Algonquin Decolonization” at “Undisciplined” Conference, Cultural Studies Department, Queen’s University

June 6, 2011. Keynote Speaker, “To Be Indivisibly Indigenous: the Choices of Mixed-Blood Native People”. The 6th Critical Multicultural Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Keynote Address: “White Supremacy and the Regulation of Identity”. New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness. New College, University of Toronto, October 25, 2008.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2015-2016 AP/MIST4705 6.0  Critical Race, Diaspora and Indigenous Theory SEMR  


Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice.


Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, where she teaches Indigenous Studies. She is a founding member of the undergraduate program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity (now Multicultural and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Equity Studies. Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban, non-status and Metis identities, federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities, and Indigenous justice. She is the author of "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario" (UBC Press, 2012) and "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004).

Area of Specialization

Indigenous Studies

Degrees

PhD - Sociology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto
M.E.S. - Environmental Studies, York University
B.Sc.- Geology, University of Toronto

Professional Leadership



2006/7: Developed proposal for Graduate Program (MA/PhD) in Indigenous Thought 2006/7: Chair, Aboriginal Council 2004/5: Created Undergraduate Degree program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity 2001/3: Created Traditional Women's Program, Four Directions Aboriginal Students' Centre, Queen's University

Community Contributions



2007- 2010: Member of Community Council (Diversion Program for Aboriginal Offenders), Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto 1998-2005: Member of Board of Directors, Anduhyaun Inc 2000-2001: Member of Board of Directors, Katorokwi Native Friendship Centre, Kingston, Ontario 1998-2004: Traditional singer, at political rallies, social events, and prisons in the Toronto and Kingston area


Research Interests:

Aboriginal Peoples , Race and Racism , Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System, Federally Unrecognized Native Communities , Urban, non-status and Metis identitities

Selected Publications

Lawrence, Bonita. "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario." UBC Press, 2012

Lawrence, Bonita. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. UBC Press, 2004

Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence (Editors). Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, 2003

Lawrence, Bonita and Enakshi Dua. “Decolonizing Anti-Racism”. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005

Amadahy, Zainab and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” in Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada. Arlo Kempf (Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing

Usher, John and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” in International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Charlton, J., P. J. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) Richmond, ON: Center for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety

All Publications

Books

Lawrence, Bonita. "Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario." UBC Press, 2012

Lawrence, Bonita. “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood. UBC Press, 2004

Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence (Editors). Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival. Sumach Press, 2003

Book Chapters

Lawrence, Bonita. “Federally Recognized Communities in Eastern Canada” in Who is an Indian? Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas. Maximilian P. Forte (Editor). Toronto: University of Toronto Press

"Identity, Non-Status Indians and Federally-Unrecognized Communities" in Aboriginal History: A Reader. Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, (Editors). Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012, 196-205

Dua, Enakshi and Bonita Lawrence. “The Limitations of Postcolonial Theory for Understanding Indigenous Struggles”. Proceedings of the Chotro Conference 2008, New Delhi, India. Orient Longman.

Usher, John and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous And Restorative Justice: Reclaiming Humanity And Community” in International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Charlton, J., P. J. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) Richmond, ON: Center for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety

Lawrence, Bonita. “Legislating Identity: Colonialism, Land, And Indigenous Legacies” in SAGE Handbook of Identities, edited by Margaret Wetherell and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. Sage Publications

Amadahy, Zainab and Bonita Lawrence. “Indigenous Peoples And Black People In Canada: Settlers Or Allies?” in Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada. Arlo Kempf (Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing

Lawrence, Bonita. “Reclaiming Ktaqumkuk: Land and Mi’kmaq Identity in Newfoundland” in Speaking for ourselves: Environmental justice in Canada. Agyeman, J., Cole, P., Haluza-DeLay, R. & O’Riley, P. (Eds. Vancouver: UBC Press

Lawrence, Bonita. “Rewriting Histories Of The Land: Colonization And Indigenous Resistance In Eastern Canada” in Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society. Sherene Razack (Ed), Sumach Press, 2002 21-46.

Lawrence, Bonita. “Mixed-Race Urban Native People Surviving a Legacy of Policies of Genocide” in Expressions in Canadian Native Studies. University of Saskatchewan Extension Press, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2000, 69-94.

Journal Articles

Lawrence, Bonita and Enakshi Dua. “Decolonizing Anti-Racism”. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005

Lawrence, Bonita. “Gender, Race, And The Regulation Of Native Identity In Canada And The United States: An Overview”. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2003, 3-31.

Lawrence, Bonita. Colonialism, Identity and Development: A Case Study From Northeastern Ontario. Occasional Paper Series, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, 1996

Lawrence, Bonita. The Exclusion Of Survivors Voices in Feminist Discourse on Violence Against Women. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), 1996

Conference Papers

Lawrence, Bonita. “Indigenous Identity, Resistance to Resource Theft, and the Land Claims Industry in Ontario”. Presented at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference, Ryerson University, November 14-16. 2008

Public Lectures

September 18, 2014. Keynote Address: “Indigenous Histories, National Commemoration and Power,” Canadian History at the Crossroads Symposium, co-organized by the University of Ottawa and Canadian Museum of History, Hull, Quebec.

March 28, 2014. Keynote Address: “Decolonizing Anti-Racism: 10 Years Later” for Asian-Canadian Studies Conference, OISE/University of Toronto

March 13, 2013. “Land Claims and Algonquin Resurgence”. York Indigenous Peoples and Environments Seminar, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University

February 13, 2013. “Regulating Native Identity: The Indian Act and Algonquin Identity”. Presentation at Department of Geography Speaker’s Series, University of Western Ontario

January 31, 2013. “Algonquin Identity and Resurgence”. Presentation at the Aboriginal Speakers Series, University of Ottawa

“Algonquin Identity and Federal Recognition”. Guest Lecturer for the Centre of Aboriginal Initiatives, First Nations House, University of Toronto

September 29, 2012. Keynote Speaker. “Treaties, the Indian Act, and Algonquin Decolonization” at “Undisciplined” Conference, Cultural Studies Department, Queen’s University

June 6, 2011. Keynote Speaker, “To Be Indivisibly Indigenous: the Choices of Mixed-Blood Native People”. The 6th Critical Multicultural Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Keynote Address: “White Supremacy and the Regulation of Identity”. New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness. New College, University of Toronto, October 25, 2008.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2015-2016 AP/MIST4705 6.0  Critical Race, Diaspora and Indigenous Theory SEMR