Watch now: Creating the Canada-US border across Indigenous lands


Published: 10Jun2021

A talk by history professor Benjamin Hoy about Indigenous history, state power, and how the Canada-US border was built. This event took place on June 3, 2021.

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Often described as the longest undefended border in the world, the Canada-US border was born in blood, conflict, and uncertainty. Both countries built their border across Indigenous lands using hunger, violence, and coercion to displace existing communities and to disrupt their ideas of territory and belonging. Focusing on Indigenous history and state power, Benjamin Hoy’s new book argues that the border was never particularly effective at physically stopping people at the line.

Benjamin Hoy is an assistant professor of history at University of Saskatchewan, where he directs the Historical GIS Lab.

Professor Hoy's book can be found here:

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