The Department of Geography and Planning, in collaboration with CrimSL, co-hosted Law Makers, Teachers, Breakers: The Intergenerational Shorelines of Nishnaabeg Law, presented by Madeline Whetung on January 22nd.
Law, often seen as an external disciplinary force, shapes our lives irrespective of our involvement. Despite claiming to protect, legal actions often expose populations to vulnerability and violence. This perception is recent in regions dominated by Canadian law, differing from Indigenous legal orders rooted in a creation-oriented ethic of interconnectedness. This discussion explores Nishnaabeg law in contrast to Canada's legal tradition, focusing on everyday practices of making, learning, and remaking law through intergenerational connections and land-based teachings.
About Madeline Whetung
Dr. Madeline Whetung is a citizen of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg nation and a member of Curve Lake First Nation. She is an Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Her teaching and research focuses on the everyday embodiment of Nishnaabeg legal geographies.