Neoliberal settler colonialism, Canada and the tar sands

  title={Neoliberal settler colonialism, Canada and the tar sands},
  author={Jen Preston},
  journal={Race \& Class},
  pages={42 - 59}
  • J. Preston
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • Political Science
  • Race & Class
The Canadian government commenced the treaty-making process with the Indigenous peoples of the Athabasca region in 1870, motivated by the Geological Survey of Canada’s reports that petroleum existed in the area. This, in addition to the discovery of gold in the Klondike region, spurred an influx of unregulated settlement and resource extraction in the north. The trajectory of this history has continued to bring the Canadian settler state – and its oil industry stakeholders – into negotiation… 

Figures from this paper

Sustainable Colonization: Tar Sands as Resource Colonialism
ABSTRACT Canada is one of the world’s largest petrostates, owing to large shale oil deposits, also known as tar sands, which can be found within its borders. In recent decades, as the price of crude
Inevitable Extraction, Colonial Security, and the Making Recoverable of Unconventional Oil
In 2002, the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta were re-classified as recoverable. This recovery required, and requires, a vision of the region that is long in the making; a vision that emerges within a
Racial extractivism and white settler colonialism: An examination of the Canadian Tar Sands mega-projects
ABSTRACT Building on an analysis of the historical context of oil and gas extraction in the Athabasca region of Canada, and the white settler colonial policies, management, discourses and logics that
Enemies at the Gateway: Regional Populist Discourse and the Fight Against Oil Pipelines on Canada's West Coast
This paper explores discursive strategies of opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project – a proposal to link Alberta oil sands producers to international markets via Canada’s West
Deathscapes of Settler Colonialism: The Necro-Settlement of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
This article considers the influence of burials and memorials to colonial soldiers from an earlier era on contemporary social and cultural landscapes in Canada. Through the example of a landscape
On the Immorality and Futility of Canadian Climate Policy under Trudeau
  • R. MacNeil
  • Political Science
    Capitalism Nature Socialism
  • 2021
ABSTRACT This paper argues that Canadian climate policy under the Trudeau government is both self-defeating and immoral. Focusing on the central facet of the government's strategy – which trades a
‘Authorizing the Peril’: Mythologies of (Settler) Law at the End of Time
The promised paradises of colonial capitalism and neoliberalism are set in a perpetually elusive future (Fitzpatrick 1992). This future is not a set destination, but an endless linear journey set to
Indigenous ExtrACTIVISM in Boreal Canada: Colonial Legacies, Contemporary Struggles and Sovereign Futures
This article approaches contemporary extractivism as an environmentally and socially destructive extension of an enduring colonial societal structure. Manifested in massive hydroelectric
Corporate Colonialism and the “Crimes of the Powerful” Committed Against the Indigenous Peoples of Canada
Canada is both a capitalist and colonial society, one founded on the seizing of Indigenous lands for capitalist purposes. In the process, a variety of “crimes of the powerful” were committed,
Feeding the Wrong Wolf: Work, Gender, and Generosity in a Northern Alberta Oil and Gas Community
This thesis is an ethnography of Grande Prairie, an oil and gas community in the Peace Region of north-western Alberta. Drawing on 21 months of fieldwork, the cultural values of workers in the oil


‘A slow industrial genocide’: tar sands and the indigenous peoples of northern Alberta
In this article we discuss the impact of the tar sands development in northern Alberta on the indigenous communities of the Treaty 8 region. While the project has brought income to some, and wealth
Settler colonialism and the elimination of the native
The article explores the relationship between genocide and the settler colonialism. The author asserts that though the settler-colonial logic of elimination has manifested as genocidal-they should be
Chief Theresa Spence set to end liquid-only diet Thursday
  • The Toronto Star
  • 2013
Ethical Enbridge? The real story of Line 9 and the tar sands giga-project’,
  • 2013
Idle No More: Canada’s indigenous people are demanding a better deal
  • Guardian
  • 2013
Oil sand industry in Canada tied to higher carcinogen level
  • New York Times
  • 2013
Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI), 'Board of Directors
  • 2012
HBC heritage -our history: timelines', Hudson's Bay Company website
  • 2012
Jobs and Growth Act, 2012
  • 2012