Gender, race, & settler colonialism in the financialization of Canadian state credit/ public debt, 1820-1880

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12 pM ADT
Price: Free
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Please mark your calendars for the fourth talk of our virtual Winter 2021 Feminist Lunch Series in the Faculty of Arts to be given on Wednesday, March 17 at 12:00pm via Teams by Angela Tozer (History at UNB).
The talk is titled: “Gender, race, & settler colonialism in the financialization of Canadian state credit/ public debt, 1820-1880”
This talk will explore the settler colonial origins of Canada’s public debt. States received loans, and had debts issued as securities on the London Stock Exchange, based on their perceived “creditworthiness.” Arguably, “creditworthiness” was a concept that was both deeply gendered and racialized. By the mid-19th century Canada had credit for large low interest and long-term loans because financiers believed the settler state, understood to be ethnically British and governed by “respectable” men, could appropriate Indigenous living spaces for development to make principal and interest payments.
Dr. Tozer researches in Canadian history with a focus on the 19th century and explores the relationship between capitalism and settler colonialism. She navigates between archival and oral history as she works with Indigenous communities, and the knowledges and stories that are shared with her. Her current project examines the Canadian public debt, which facilitated settler colonial expansion over Indigenous territories. Tozer’s next project will look at the Atlantic eel fisheries, which is significant in Mi’kmaw lifeworlds, and to the development of a global fisheries market.
To attend on March 17th, click on the following link ( or email
All are welcome…please have your lunch with us!
Our virtual Feminist Lunch Series series will end on March 31 with a talk by Debbie van del Hoonaard, from STU Gerentology. All are invited!
The Feminist Lunch Series is organized by the UNB Gender & Women’s Studies Program, the UNB/STU University Women’s Centre and the Office of the UNB Dean of Arts. Special thanks to Daniel Grant for technical help. For more information on the series, contact Sophie Lavoie (

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