Josephine Savarese on Honouring Chantel Moore: Considering Policing Violence, Indigenous Mothering and Ecological Praxis

Join St. Thomas University’s Environmental Praxis Class (ENVS 3023) this winter for an online interdisciplinary lecture series with thinkers and activists on today’s pressing environmental issues.

On Thursday, February 9 at 8:30am AT on Zoom, Josephine Savarese will deliver a talk called Honouring Chantel Moore: Considering Policing Violence, Indigenous Mothering and Ecological Praxis.

Meeting ID: 984 2767 5806

This presentation honours the passing of a young Indigenous woman and mother of a young daughter, Chantel Moore, from this physical world on June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, New Brunswick. It bears witness to the mourning by Chantel Moore’s family and community who are burdened with demanding justice in the aftermath of the murder. This horrific incident brings forward the urgency of systemic reform regarding the normalization of police violence in criminal legal delivery. To pay tribute to Chantel Moore, this talk underscores the alarm by the Tla-O-Qui-Aht First Nation Hawiih (Hereditary Chiefs) and Elected Council in statements. Chantel Moore’s untimely passing is a tragic illustration of the ways the devaluation of Indigenous women contributes to deadly policing encounters. The fatal shooting and the responses to it are tracked as evidence of the continuation of the epistemic violence that is embedded within settler relations and state interactions with the Indigenous nations who are the guardians of occupied lands.

Josephine L. Savarese is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at STU.

Recommended reading: New Brunswick Needs a Public Inquiry Into Systemic Racism in the Justice System by Naomi Metallic.

Upcoming lectures at 8:30am Atlantic time.

February 16 – Jenn Wambolt on Building Community with the Wil-Doo Community Bike Club

February 28 – Terry Ann Sappier, Wolastoqi land defender, on Protecting Miramichi Lake and the Heart of the Land

March 16 – Suzanne Fournier, Executive Director of the National Farmers Union – NB, on Farmer Opposition to Potash Mining in New Brunswick.

The Environmental Praxis Lecture Series is supported by the NB Media Co-op (publisher of the talks) and RAVEN.

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