Date of Degree

5-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Advisor

Setha Low

Subject Categories

Geography

Keywords

Neoliberalism; Prairie West; Regional Planning; Settler Colonialism; Urban Land; Winnipeg

Abstract

This dissertation considers the making of a single twenty-first century city - Winnipeg, Canada - and how the current dominant development vision conserves longstanding power relations that have shaped Canada's Prairie West for over one hundred and fifty years. It situates a neoliberal city-center redevelopment authority within a much longer regional history of encounter between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, to produce an extended historical materialist geography of settler colonialism in the Prairie West. In doing so, it goes against dominant accounts that break apart imperial conquest from urban history or contemporary urban processes. It demonstrates how neoliberal restructuring of Native urban space both extends settler-colonial dispossession and derives tangible economic value from the disappearance of Native life.

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