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Martin Cannon

Martin Cannon
Associate Professor

phone: (416) 978-0403

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

I am Associate Professor of Social Justice Education and a member of the Oneida Nation of Six Nations at Grand River Territory. My research has focused on legal injustices related to Canada's Indian Act and the colonial politics of state recognition; specifically: combined and interlocking histories of (hetero-) sexism and racialization that continue to deny some Indigenous peoples federal recognition because of our (grand-) mothers' gender, Indiannness, marital status, and intermarriage. I am also concerned with educational strategies centered on Indigenous-settler relationships rejuvenation and nation-to-nation political relationships; including reform-based, programmatic initiatives concerned with restitution and colonial reparations in Canada, post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indian Residential Schools apology.

Academic History

Ph.D. (2005) Sociology, York University
M.A. (1995) Sociology, Queen's University
B.A. (1993) Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

I have supervised Doctoral and Masters theses on topics including: racialization and Indigenous cultural identity, culturally responsive and anticolonial services delivery in LGBTQ contexts, anticolonial curriculum development, and Indigenous solidarity activism.

I am available to supervise students with the following research interests:

Indigenous Identity and the Colonial Politics of Recognition
Histories of racialization, heterosexism, identity formation, Indigenous resurgence, nationhood, and the politics of recognition at work in settler colonial contexts, courts, and law.

Interlocking Histories of Racialization and Sexism
Critical Indigenous and Feminist analyses of Canadian settler colonialism and heteropatriarchy that belong collectively to all Indigenous persons, including men, women and 2-spirited people.

Anticolonial and Indigenous Education
Research that is concerned with interrogations of complicity/ implication, decolonizing pedagogies, relationships building, and collective responsibility across multiple subject positions.

Settler-Indigenous Relationships Building and Rejuvenation
Research and activism aimed at articulating and interrogating historic and contemporary relationships held with Indigenous peoples and histories of settler colonialism.

Indigenous Art, Public Education and Decolonizing Pedagogies
Creative, cinematic, and artistic expressions of Indigenous peoples, including those concerned with anticolonial praxis and decolonizing.

Teaching Overview

I designed, developed and currently teach the following graduate courses in Social Justice Education:

SJE 1930 Race, Indigeneity, and the Colonial Politics of Recognition
SJE 1931 Centring Indigenous-Settler Solidarity in Theory and Research
SJE 1974 Truth Commissions, Reconciliation, and Indian Residential Schools
SJE 1975 Indigenous Settler Relations Issues for Teachers
SJE 2999 Indigenous Arts and Decolonizing Pedagogy (in preparation)

Representative Publications

2019 Men, Masculinity and the Indian Act. University of British Columbia Press (208 pages)
2018 (with Lina Sunseri, eds.) Racism, Colonialism and Indigeneity in Canada (2nd ed). Oxford University Press (263 pages)
2011 (with Lina Sunseri, eds.) Racism, Colonialism and Indigeneity in Canada. Oxford University Press (284 pages) 
Chapters in Books
2011 "Ruminations on Red Revitalization: Exploring Complexities of Identity, Difference, and Nationhood in Indigenous Knowledge Education." (pgs. 127-141) In George Dei (ed.) Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education, Peter Lang Publishing (14 pages)
2007 "Revisiting Histories of Legal Assimilation, Racialized Injustice, and the Future of Indian Status in Canada." (pgs. 35-48) In Jerry P. White, Erik Anderson, Wendy Cornet, and Dan Beavon (eds.) Aboriginal Policy Research: Moving Forward, Making a Difference, Volume V. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing (13 pages).
Refereed Journal Articles
2018 "Teaching and Learning Reparative Education in Settler Colonial and Post-TRC Canada." Canadian Journal of Native Education (Special Issue entitled Indigenization, Decolonization, and Reconciliation: Critical Considerations and Cross-Disciplinary Approaches in Post-Secondary Classrooms) 40(1): 164-181 (17 pages).
2014 "Race Matters: Sexism, Indigenous Sovereignty, and McIvor v. The Registrar." Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 26(1): 23-50 (27 pages).
2012 "Changing the Subject in Teacher Education: Centering Indigenous, Diasporic, and Settler Colonial Relations." Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry 4(2): 21-37 (16 pages).
2008 "Revisiting Histories of Gender-Based Exclusion and the New Politics of Indian Identity." A Peer-Reviewed Research Paper for the National Centre for First Nations Governance/ "Réexaminer L'histoire de L'exclusion Fondée sur le Sexe et la Nouvelle Vision Politique de L'identité Canadienne." Papier de Recherche Pour La Gouvernance des Premieres Nations. (22 pages)
2007 "Sexism, Racism or Both?: A Closer Look at the Indian Act and the McIvor Case." New Socialist no. 62, 22-23 (2 pages).
2006 "First Nations Citizenship: An Act to Amend the Indian Act (1985) and the Accommodation of Sex-Discriminatory Policy." Canadian Review of Social Policy (25th Anniversary Edition). no.56: 40-71 (31 pages).
2005 "Bill C-31 - An Act to Amend the Indian Act: Notes toward a Qualitative Analysis of Legislated Injustice." The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 25 (1): 153-167 (14 pages).
1998 "The Regulation of First Nations Sexuality". The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 17(1): 1-18 (18 pages).


Honours and Awards

2017 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, Award Nominee, OISE/UT

2016 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, Award Nominee, OISE/UT

2007 University of Toronto Connaught Fellowship

Professional Activities

2009-10 Chair, Anti-Racism Subcommittee, Canadian Sociological Association

2005-06 Chair, Anti-Racism Subcommittee, Canadian Sociological Association