|Dr. Fiona MacDonald|
Dr. MacDonald is an assistant professor of political studies. She is interested in multiculturalism and citizenship; democratic theory; Indigenous politics and feminist political theory.
She is working on a book manuscript for UBC Press on Democratic Multinationalism: Reimagining State-Indigenous Relations in Canada. Future research plans include looking at how issue framing can be used to garner political will on basic human needs such as clean water for Indigenous peoples.
On Feb. 7, Dr. MacDonald presented Are Child Welfare Agencies the “New” Indian Residential Schools? as part of the Centre for Human Rights Research Initiative’s Critical Conversations seminar series. Macdonald argued that while some modest improvements have been made to Indigenous child welfare, the current agency/authority models do little to change the underlying colonial dynamic. In fact, current models are particularly dangerous, given the state-sponsored discourse of “autonomy” and “empowerment” that gives the appearance that Indigenous needs have been met and the colonial power structure de-centred.
The final Critical Conversation seminar for the winter term is Mon. March 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Slater Boardroom in the Law Library (4th floor, Robson Hall). Dr. Andrew Woolford will facilitate a discussion on Law, Truth and Reconciliation. Suggested readings are available at www.chrr.info/resources/critical-conversations/seminar-readings