The Voice From North Point Douglas: Spatial Justice, Embodied Dispossession and Resistance in Winnipeg

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Bonnemaison, Emma
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This thesis is a participatory action research project using the photovoice method to examine women’s perceptions of safety and ideas for positive community development in Winnipeg’s urban core. I work with women who frequent the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre to create a platform for participants to raise safety concerns and to actively participate in mapping unsafe space in the city. I combine emerging analytical frameworks in feminist geography, critical race theory, and spatial justice to create an intersectional-spatial framework to interrogate the production of unsafe space and the perpetuation of colonial gendered violence in Winnipeg. Together with the women, we produced an arts-based public exhibit on safety, community concerns and strengths – The Voice from North Point Douglas. Most importantly, my research investigates women’s grounded community activism and Indigenous resistance as a form of spatial justice in the colonial city.
Spatial Justice, Feminist Intersectionality, Photo Voice, Participatory Action Research, Indigenous Resistance, Critical Race Theory, North Point Douglas, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls