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Decolonization and Justice Conference


ᑕᑕᐊᐧᐤ Welcome

On November 4, 2021 the University of Regina’s ta-tawâw Student Centre and the Department of Justice Studies, in collaboration with the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, are hosting the 1st Decolonization and Justice Conference. The purpose of this conference is to promote awareness and to foster innovation and creativity in the field of Decolonization and Justice. The proposed conference will provide a platform for learning and discussion between community members, practitioners, academics, law enforcement agencies, and justice stakeholders.

2021 Conference Details

To ensure participant safety and to make the conference as accessible as possible, this year's event will be held virtually.

To view the conference agenda please click here.

Conference Registration is now closed.

Decolonization and Justice 

The concepts of decolonization and justice have perhaps never before been brought into the limelight in the way they are now. From the various grassroots political rallies and protests for racial justice and equitable sharing of power and resources, to deliberate actions towards justice in policing, to the decoloniality of knowledge and epistemologies, decolonization and justice have become inherent in the current cultural and political dispensation.

The definition of decolonization varies among scholars. Some take a macro view—meaning decolonization through institutional or societal changes—whereas others take a micro approach—meaning decolonization of the mind and intellect. Frantz Fanon (1963) identified three forms of decolonization: intellectual, psychological and physical. This conference will stimulate conversations on decolonization in the context of justice. More specifically, the notion of decolonization and law, decolonization and policing, decolonization and restorative justice and decolonization and criminology will be explored in numerous parallel sessions.

Keynote Speaker


Michael Yellow Bird, MSW, PhD

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Dr. Yellow Bird is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations.  He has held faculty appointments in the schools of social work at the University of British Columbia, University of Kansas, Arizona State University,and Humboldt State University, and was the Director of the Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies program at North Dakota State University.  He is presently the Dean of the Faculty of Social work at the University of Manitoba. 

Dr. Yellow Bird is the author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters and the co-editor of four books: For Indigenous Eyes Only: The Decolonization Handbook, 2005; For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook, 2012; Indigenous Social Work around the World: towards Culturally Relevant Education and Practice, 2008; and Decolonizing Social Work, 2013. “Choice Magazine” selected Decolonizing Social Work as a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Choice Outstanding Titles are given extraordinary recognition by the academic community and are designated to be “the best of the best.”

Dr. Yellow Bird's  teaching, writing, and research, focus on Indigenous People’s mind body health; mindfulness and neurodecolonization research, theory, and approaches; Paleo and ancestral eating; and colonization and decolonizing theory and practice

Dr. Yellow Bird's conference keynote is titled:

ReZ DoG Meditations: Decolonization Strategies for Liberation of the Mind.

For more information about Dr. Yellow Bird and his work, please visit his website.

Other conference Presenters include:

Christianne Paras and Erica Littlewolf: Presentation Title- "Decolonizing Restorative Justice"

Michaela McGuire (Jaad Gudgihljiwah): Presentation Title- "Decolonization of Justice through the formation of a Haida (Nation) Justice System"

Douglas S. White, Q.C., J.D.: Presentation Theme- Decolonization and Law

To view the presenter's bios, please click here.


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