November 23


06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Event Category:

Talks, Thunder Bay events

Event Tags:

anti-Black racism, Blackness, Canada, police, policing, race, racism, repression, RiVAL, Robyn Maynard, surveillance, Thunder Bay, violence

Event Website

RiVAL: the ReImagining Value Action Lab

Website: Organizer's Website

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, P7B 5E1

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present

Join RiVAL: the ReImagining Value Action Lab, in collaboration with the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) and CAMAT (The Caribbean and African Multicultural Association of Thunder Bay), to celebrate the publication of Robyn Maynard’s groundbreaking new book Policing Black Lives in Thunder Bay!

Come hear a presentation from Maynard on her work and participate in the discussion.

This event is also part of Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)’s SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER series.

From Fernwood Publishing’s wesbite (

“Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.

Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.

A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.”

ROBYN MAYNARD is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, World Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.

The legendary Angela Y. Davis says: “Robyn Maynard’s meticulously-researched and compelling analysis of state violence challenges prevailing narratives of Canadian multiculturalism and inclusion by examining how structures of racism and ideologies of gender are complexly anchored in global histories of colonization and slavery. This book should be read not only by those who have a specific interest in Canadian histories and social justice movements but by anyone interested in the abolitionist and revolutionary potential of the Black Lives Matters movement more broadly.”


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