Settler colonialism, race & space: articulating the criteria and disparities of municipal in(ex)clusion in Lethbridge, Alberta
Moncrieff, Allison K.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Political Science
This Master of Arts thesis aims to discover if criteria for inclusion is present within the City of Lethbridge through surveying business owner and City Council perspectives on the community’s former supervised consumption site (SCS). My research complements and builds upon previous academic work done in Lethbridge and shows that Indigenous inclusion is interpreted through a settler colonial lens which alternatively seeks to reinforce Indigenous exclusion. Inclusion premised through a settler colonial ideology and intent – or, as I have coined, in(ex)clusion - undermines the cultivation of authentic municipal inclusion. The SCS case study highlights the range of settler transfers that emerge when normative expectations about Indigenous social participation are challenged or unmet. Settler colonialism’s presence in municipal environments demands greater study if, in the spirit of reconciliation, authentic municipal inclusion is to develop.
Settler colonial , Indigenous inclusion , Indigenous exclusion , Supervised consumption site , Municipal inclusion , In(ex)clusion , City of Lethbridge