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Feminist Hour: Decolonizing Rape Culture with Dr.Sarah Hunt

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Providing an Indigenous perspective on understanding and resisting rape culture, this talk will contextualize on-campus anti-violence work within broader efforts to build consent culture and end sexual violence in the context of ongoing colonization. Rape culture emerges from, and is fostered through, colonial ways of seeing the world which are expressed in everyday and interpersonal actions, beliefs, and attitudes. Centering the wisdom and practices of Indigenous people working to assert their self-determination, I will argue that on-campus anti-violence work can and should be integrally connected to movements for Indigenous sovereignty and decolonization.

Bio: Sarah Hunt (Tłaliłila’ogwa) is a Kwagiulth scholar whose anti-violence work is grounded in 15 years of collaboration with Indigenous communities to address diverse issues related to justice, health, gender and sexuality. She was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral research which investigated the relationship between law and violence in ongoing neocolonial relations, asking how violence gains visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and action. Her recent publications include Representing Colonial Violence: trafficking, sex work, and the violence of law (Atlantis, 2016), Embodying Self-Determination: beyond the gender binary (In Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada, 2015) and Everyday Decolonization: living a decolonizing queer politics (co-authored with Dr. Cindy Holmes, in Journal of Lesbian Studies, 2015). Dr. Hunt’s collaborations have resulted in recent reports on university responses to sexual assault, Indigenous family violence, Two-Spirit health and reframing at-risk narratives in the lives of Indigenous youth. Sarah is assistant professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at UBC.

The organisers strive to create accessible and inclusive spaces for its members. If you require additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please e-mail osvse@ryerson.ca.

**This event is open to the public and free

About Feminist Hour: Every month with RU Student Life & The Consent Comes First Office comes together to host feminist hour with educators, media makers and artists who are making change in the community. The premise of feminist hour is creating a space to explore ideas and frameworks around gender justice and anti-oppression.

This event was brought to you by; Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, Consent Comes First Office; Office of the VP Equity and Community Inclusion; Student Affairs & Ryerson Student Union.

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