Welcome Rebecca Hume!

For the next nine weeks, visiting scholar Rebecca Hume will be with us here at the ISRC, all the way from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Funded through the Mitacs Globalink Research Award, Rebecca will be helping out on treaty-related projects. As an MA candidate in Communication & Culture, her thesis research explores how reconciliation discourse functions in government-issued news documents to reproduce settler colonial logics of assimilation, and particularly how this fraught concept of reconciliation is used in land claims settlements and self-government agreements to ensure ongoing occupation of land.

More on Rebecca's work

As a Canadian settler living on and benefiting from stolen Indigenous lands, Rebecca's work generally seeks to expose characteristics of colonialism that are deeply entrenched and often left unquestioned within the Canadian psyche. Specifically, Rebecca’s Masters thesis research, "Mirroring the status quo: A critical reflection on reconciliation in Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada public statements," critically approaches discourses of reconciliation found in public statements issued by the now-defunct federal Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. It argues that, as the Government's newest assimilation tactic, reconciliation is a deliberately ambiguous concept that functions to reproduce settler colonial governance in Canada. This work focuses on how the government operationalises reconciliation in public statements specifically related to land claims settlements and self-government agreements because decolonisation must centre Land.

In June 2019, Rebecca presented a paper entitled "Confusion at Kapyong: The duty to consult, recognition, and reinstating the settler colonial status quo" at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association annual conference in Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand. This paper highlights how the legal norm known as the duty to consult is a tool of settler governmentality that functions to maintain the neoliberal, settler colonial hegemony by working within rather than against the colonial system. In an analysis of a particular court case located in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty 1), this work argues that the government uses of the duty to consult as a means of keeping this prairie city an emphatically non-Indigenous space. She has also given a self-reflexive conference talk entitled "Knowledge rooted in the land: Grounded normativity as method for rejecting hegemony in Academia," which, as a review of current literature, critically approaches the linkages between settler colonialism and capitalism as systems of power inherent to the Academy.

In a different vein of research, Rebecca has also given a conference talk on the future of cultural and news policy in Canada, entitled "Funding Democracy: Considering regulations in the digital space" and carried out an independent research project with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, a national broadcasting advocacy organisation, that was submitted to the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Review Panel on behalf of the organisation.

For more information on Rebecca's research projects, please get in touch with the ISRC via email.

More Information

Eleanor Benson

i-src@unimelb.edu.au