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Circle of Aunties : Fostering Co-conspiratorship with Families of MMIWGT2S in the Resistance of Settler Colonial Violence

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posted on 2022-11-03, 16:55 authored by Laura Heidenheim

This paper details the co-research creation project “Circle of Aunties” outlining our processes, contributions and key learnings. The paper will begin by locating the author and the project’s approach and move to detailing our process - exploring the Circle of Aunties toolkit and the coresearch creation process. The paper will then outline the contribution this project makes to educational tools that create awareness around racialized gender-based violence in Canada and its relationship to existing literature regarding co-conspirator work. Co-conspirator/accomplice work are “alternative framework(s)” to allyship which call for “white scholars and activists to act as accomplices, working in solidarity with people of color within social justice and anti-racist movements” (Powell Kelly, 42). This paper explores our process of co-conspiratorship, bringing our project into conversation with contemporary anti-colonial efforts and calling for the prefacing of relationship in anti-colonial projects. 





Master of Arts


Communication and Culture

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type