Anna Stanley

Expertise: Environment, Indigenous Rights, Political Economy, Resource extraction

Anna Stanley is Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and on connections between colonialism and the political economy of contemporary resource extraction in Canada. She has worked with a variety of Indigenous organizations and communities on a number of policy issues.

Posts & Activities by Anna Stanley

  • Internal documents challenge government’s funding claims for Indigenous children


    It has been over a year since the federal government was found to be racially discriminating against First Nations children on reserve by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (HRT). 

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  • Indigenous children and racial discrimination as fiscal policy


    The federal government knowingly discriminates against Indigenous children and their families. That discrimination is part of the colonial fabric that holds together Canadian political-economic development.

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  • The nefarious impacts of Harper's omnibus budget bills


    The Broadbent Institute is pleased to present the first in a series of blog posts by a range of Canadian academics and thought leaders critiquing the record of the Conservative government. 

    Stephen Harper once espoused the vision of a Canada built on “solid conservative values”, one that would prove “unrecognizable” to his then governing (Liberal) opponents. It is now almost a year since the Harper government’s most profound and concerted effort to craft that Canada: the passage of the two 2012 omnibus budget implementation bills—The Jobs, Growth, and Long Term Prosperity Act, and The Jobs and Growth Act; due time to assess the far-reaching implications of these bills. 

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  • Dear Rex Murphy: context and history count


    Rex Murphy’s commentary in the National Post on recent Mi’kmaq protests is misinformed and demonstrates a profound ignorance of our history. 

    In his article, he suggests that the behaviour of Mi’kmaq protestors at Elsipogtog First Nation on October 17th constitutes a “rude dismissal of Canada’s generosity”. Even more “raw and provocative an insult”, he argues, is the suggestion that this and other protests (including the Caledonia blockade and the Idle No More movement) are legitimate struggles against oppression. Indeed, what Mr. Murphy appears to find anathema are the co-existence, today, of Indigenous struggles for self-determination and assertions of sovereignty and existing oppression and racism.

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  • Putting the Supreme Court ruling on Aboriginal title in context


    Thursday’s stunning Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling, extending the scope of Indigenous rights to include the right to permanently control “land conferred by aboriginal title”, has the potential to transform the politics of resource extraction and development in Canada. 

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