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Bonita Lawrence

Department of Equity Studies

Associate Professor
Certificates Coordinator, Equity Studies
 
Office: 408 Atkinson
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 22334
Emailbonital@yorku.ca
 
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Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Atkinson , 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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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. “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

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. “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.

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Books

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. “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.

Anderson, Kim, and Bonita Lawrence. “Concluding Dialogue: Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence”. Dialogue, in A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood by Kim Anderson, Second Story Press, April 2000, 261-277

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. Presentations at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference. “Indigenous Identity, Resistance to Resource Theft, and the Land Claims Industry in Ontario”. Conference organized by Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality (R.A.C.E.), Ryerson University, November 14-16. 2008

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

Forthcoming

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

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 (in press).

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

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

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

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/MIST3470 6.0  Black Indians and Native-Black Relations in the Americas LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/MIST4770 6.0  First Nations Music and Cultural Regeneration SEMR Course Website 


Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw) is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Atkinson , 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 at the School of Social Sciences at Atkinson , where she teaches Indigenous Studies. She is a founding member of the undergraduate program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity in the School of Social Sciences, and of the upcoming graduate program (MA/PhD) in Indigenous Thought. 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 "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood (University of Nebraska Press and UBC Press, 2004), and co-editor ( With Kim Anderson) of Strong Women’s Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival (Toronto, Sumach Press, 2003), a collection of Native women’s scholarly and activist writing . With Kim Anderson she also guest-edited a recent edition of Atlantis, entitled "Indigenous Women: The State of Our Nations" (Vol.29.2, Spring, 2005). She has a number of refereed publications, and book chapter. She volunteers with the Community Council at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, a diversion program for Aboriginal offenders in Toront. She is a traditional singer who continues to sing with groups in Kingston and Toronto at Native social and political gatherings.

Area of Specialization

Coordinator, REI Program


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- Present: 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. “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

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. “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.

All Publications

Books

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. “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.

Anderson, Kim, and Bonita Lawrence. “Concluding Dialogue: Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence”. Dialogue, in A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood by Kim Anderson, Second Story Press, April 2000, 261-277

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. Presentations at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference. “Indigenous Identity, Resistance to Resource Theft, and the Land Claims Industry in Ontario”. Conference organized by Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality (R.A.C.E.), Ryerson University, November 14-16. 2008

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

Forthcoming

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

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 (in press).

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

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

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


Teaching:

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/MIST3470 6.0  Black Indians and Native-Black Relations in the Americas LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/MIST4770 6.0  First Nations Music and Cultural Regeneration SEMR Course Website