Monday, November 09, 2009

Friday night @ the Book Fair

Anarchism, Colonialism, and Aboriginal Dispossession in the Canadian West

Paul Burrows speaks Friday night @ the Saskatoon Anarchist Book Fair!
7 pm
Grace Westminster United Church
505 10th St East


"Anarchism, Colonialism, and Aboriginal Dispossession in the Canadian West" is an exploration of Kropotkin, Goldman, and Rocker's visits to the Prairies in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and what their views, attitudes were on settler-colonialism and indigenous peoples.

Paul Burrows is an activist and writer based in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1995, he helped found Winnipeg's Old Market Autonomous Zone (www.a-zone.org), as well as Mondragon Bookstore & Coffee House (www.mondragon.ca), institutions -- inspired by participatory economics and anarchism -- which have become focal points of activism in Winnipeg. More recently (in 2007), he helped start up the Rudolf Rocker Cultural Centre (www.rocker.cc), a collectively-run gallery and multi-purpose venue for social, political, and cultural events of interest to the anarchist, activist, and wider Winnipeg communities.

Paul's articles on participatory economics, Palestine-Israel, and other issues have appeared in ZNet, Electronic Intifada, rabble.ca, Upping the Anti, New Socialist, and elsewhere. An article on "Participatory Economics & Workers' Self-Management: Reflections on Winnipeg's Mondragon Bookstore & Coffee House Collective" appeared in the anthology edited by Chris Spannos entitled Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press, 2008).

He completed an M.A. in History at the U of Manitoba with a primary focus on indigenous history and resistance, treaties, and settler-colonialism. His thesis was on "Treaty 1 & the Ethnic Cleansing of the St. Peter's Reserve" -- merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of Canada's shameful history of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and genocide.

More recently, he started a Ph.D. in History at U of Saskatchewan.

Paul has a four year old son named Asher, who is near-certain proof of humanity's innate tendency towards anarchism.

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