Other Publications

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Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal

Surviving Canada

Edited by Kiera Ladner and Myra Tait (ARP Books, May 2017), this volume includes my contribution: “Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday: A Play in One Act”, a dialogue about the advice Canada has at the age of 150 for improving its relationship with Indigenous peoples. Posing the question to white settlers who in various ways profit from both structural settler colonialism and the ally complexes that seek to simultaneously undermine classic settler colonial violence and solidify the settler position as passive co-dependents of Indigenous de/colonization, this piece is a bit of send-up of how the simplest question exposes settler colonialism’s existential twists and turns. And it’s kind of funny. I took inspiration from something a friend once said about the necessity of humour in dealing with colonial impacts: “If we don’t laugh like this we would be crying all the time.” This piece is too short, says too little, and it is the unsaid in it that seems loudest of all. 

Decolonization Journal – Special Issue on Land Based Education 

(November, 2014)

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Edited by Matt Wildcat, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, Mandee McDonald and Glen Coulthard. This issue includes peer reviewed articles, short articles, and fiction pieces relating to Indigenous land based education efforts.






The Winter We Danced, edited by the Kino-nda-niimi Collective

A reprint of an article published in the Decolonization Journal (2012) in support of Idle No More is included in this edited volume of articles by Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors. All proceeds from the book are donated to the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.




Northern Public Affairs Magazine

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Special Issue of the Northern Public Affairs Magazine. Published in March 2013, this issue co-edited by Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox and Hayden King, focuses on the Northern Governance and Economy Conference held in Yellowknife, NT during October 2012. The special issue is available as a free download here.





Albert Lafferty, the President of the Fort Providence Metis Nation with the book that the nation has produced on Metis history in the area since 1921. Courtesy: NNSL photo/Roxanna Thompson (2007)

Albert Lafferty, President of the Fort Providence Metis Nation with book. Courtesy: NNSL/Roxanna Thompson (2007)

Since 1921: The Relationship Between Dehcho Metis and Canada

Aimed at the general public, Métis descendants and particularly at Métis youth, the publication provides an overview of Dehcho Métis history, in the context of the Dehcho Métis relationship with Canada. During 1921, Canada sent its “Treaty 11 Halfbreed Scrip Commission” to the Dehcho and other regions of the NWT, which sought the release and surrender of Métis Aboriginal rights on an individual basis in exchange for the issuance of scrip. That year marked the beginning of a Canadian Aboriginal policy approach to Métis which simultaneously stripped Métis of Aboriginal rights, while instituting more oppressive elements of Aboriginal policy upon Métis peoples, such as residential schools and social marginalization. The book documents these experiences and their implications for the development of Métis identity and cultural practice as well as present day relations between Dehcho Métis and Canada.

Book Chapters

Canada: The State of the Federation 2013

Aboriginal Multilevel Governance

CWyCq-bUAAAiEJCMy chapter “A Partnership Opportunity Missed: The Northwest Territories Devolution and Resource Revenue Sharing Agreement” is an analysis of the NWT Devolution Agreement negotiations process, between the years 2000 to its signing in 2011. (Book available in March 2016.)

Other chapters in this volume relating to the NWT and the North include an analysis by Hayden King of land claim co-management from a rights recognition and fulfilment perspective; and John B Zoe writes on implementing the Tlicho Government.

Reference:Irlbacher-Fox, Stephanie, “A Partnership Opportunity Missed: The Northwest Territories Devolution and Resource Revenue Sharing Agreement”, in Martin Papillon and Andre Juneau (Eds), State of the Federation. Kingston: IIGR, McGill-Queens University Press), 2016.

Environmental and Human Security in the Arctic

This chapter looks at decision-making practices with respect to how they include and affect Indigenous women.

Reference: with Jackie Price and Elana Wilson-Rowe “Women’s participation in decision making: human security in the Canadian Arctic”, in Environmental and Human Security in the Arctic, Hoodensen-Gjorv, Gunnhild, et al (Eds). London: Earthscan, 2013.

Philosophy and Aboriginal Rights

Philosophy and Aboriginal Rights contains articles from Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars. My chapter titled Justifying the Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples: Discursive Uses of Temporal Characterizations of Injustice, examines the discursive uses of temporality in state policies and in philosopher Jeremy Waldron’s infamous Superseding Historical Injustice article published in Ethics in 1992. I argue that the passage of time is a unethical and non-sensical basis for accepting injustice as a foundation for state-Indigenous relations.

Reference: Irlbacher-Fox, Stephanie. 2013. “Justifying the Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples: Discursive Uses of Temporal Characterizations of Injustice”, in Tomsons, Sandra and Lorraine Mayer (Eds.) Philosophy and Aboriginal Rights (Toronto: Oxford University Press).

 Northern Exposure: Peoples, Powers and Prospects in Canada's North Living Up to the Spirit of Modern Treaties? Implementation and institutional development

The result of a wide-ranging IRPP research program, this chapter is part of a multidisciplinary volume that explores the following themes: Canada in the circumpolar world – environmental, scientific and foreign-policy dimensions; First Nations, Inuit and public governance; economic development – enterprise, sustainable development and communities; sustaining people – education and human capital; and developing a northern policy for the future. Public policy specialists review the implications of the unprecedented changes in governance that have taken place in the three territories and in Aboriginal communities in northern Quebec and Labrador over the past three decades and analyze challenges that must be faced in order to strengthen economic development and quality of life for northern residents.

Moving Toward Justice: Legal Traditions and Aboriginal JusticeJustice Authorities in Self-Government Agreements: The Importance of Conditions and Mechanisms of Implementation

This essay is part of an important collection that includes analyses of the challenges of legal pluralism, restorative justice, gender and race in sentencing, notions of community, and reconciliation in Aboriginal justice. The book aims to underscore the urgent need for Aboriginal justice reform, to suggest the outlines of the constitutional and administrative changes that will allow reform to occur, and to explore a series of specific issues that have arisen from reforms already made. It is a book for scholars, policy makers, and all those interested in or working with justice issues.


Indigenous Governance in the Arctic

The purpose of this report is to survey of the main forms of governancem developed and practiced among the indigenous peoples of the North American and the Russian Norths. Through an examination of governance forms, we identify key principles of Arctic1 indigenous governance. We have also considered how indigenous governance principles and practices have produced sustainable human environment relations, whether they have produced resilient social systems capable of adapting to non-linear and rapid changes in the relevant marine or terrestrial biophysical settings, and to what extent they have been able to withstand the impacts of external pressures.

Changing Northern Economies

By Chris Southcott, PhD and Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, PhD, 2010.

Commissioned by the Northern Ministers Development Forum, this report look at economic history, circumstances and trends affecting Northern economic development, with recommendations for policy makers.

The report can be accessed here.

Devolution and Resource Revenue Sharing in the Canadian North: Achieving Fairness Across Generations

by Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox and Stephen J. Mills

This paper was commissioned by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation for their Policy Forum held in Fort Good Hope, NT during 2007. It examines the potential of devolution and resource revenue sharing benefits and advocates for an approach to managing assets that benefits future generations.