Land and Gender Justice in Palestine and Turtle Island

Starts: Tuesday, March 20th 2018 at 3:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday, March 20th 2018 at 5:00 pm

Join us for this important conversation with Iako’tsi:rareh Amanda Lickers and Nuha Dwaikat Shaer about the struggle for land and gender justice here on Turtle Island and in Palestine!

Centre for Gender Advocacy
1500 de Maisonneuve West, unit 404

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Iako’tsi:rareh Amanda Lickers is a 28-yr old queer, 2-Spirit Onondo’wa:ga Haudenosaunee femme currently living in tionni’tiotiah:ke, where she spends her time fanning the flames of the NDNsurrection as co-founder of Reclaim Turtle Island. Although her family is from Oshwekon, Iako’tsi:rareh grew up along the shores of Kenhte:ke (Bay of Quinte) and left home at the age of 16. Over the last 10 years Amanda has been immersed in grassroots sovereignty work for her lands and waters against extractive industry and has opened her big mouth against NGO/Non-Profit/Academic co-optation of Indigenous sovereignty and anti-oppressive movements. In her experiences enduring, witnessing and naming land trauma, Iako’tsi:rareh’s praxis is shaped by her understandings of Terra Nullius as rape culture.

For the panel, Iako’tsi:rareh Amanda will be focusing on the intersections of land/body trauma exploring the interconnections of land and body sovereignty using the correlation; Terra Nullius is Rape Culture. From the colonial gender system of cishetereopatriarchy to the Occidental worldview which obscures onkwehon:we’s kinship relations to the land, the infrastructure of settlement is ever-present for Indigenous peoples whose territories are under militarized settler colonial occupation. She will be challenging participants to visibilize the occupation under their feet and to support grassroots voices systematically marginalized within even Liberal/Leftist spaces. Going on to problematize assimilating structures as a site of resistance/liberation – as these structures require the maintenance of the dominant (rape) culture through silencing dissent and serving to normalize colonial violence – instead encouraging models of peer-to-peer and direct support through consensual solidarity. In reflecting on her own experiences of criminalization by settler-colonial Empire, Iako’tsi:rareh will be connecting themes around consent, cooptation, predatory allyship and self-determination with an emphasis on valuing traditional governance and intergenerational knowledge systems that at their root seek to restore life, not simply preserve it within a citation Claus or UN Report.


Nuha Dwaikat Shaer is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at McGill University. She holds a BSc in Architecture from An-Najah University (Palestine) and an MSW from McGill. Nuha taught social work at An-Najah University between 2009-2012 and led a team of professors at An-Najah University in developing their new 132-credit Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. At the same time, she worked as the co-coordinator of the Community Service Center (CSC)’s Housing Rehabilitation Program in Palestine, and as a social consultant for the Energy Research Center in their projects that aimed to provide marganalized communities in the West Bank with electricity through solar panels.

Nuha’s research agenda focuses on community development and access to social services for marginalized populations, rooted in a commitment to human rights, social justice, and equality. Her PhD research explores the complexity of exercising housing rights in Palestine as an area affected by settler-colonialism and long-term military occupation violence. For the past 5 years, Nuha has been the Research Coordinator of the SSHRC-funded “Recruitment and Placement Agencies: Silent Partners in Migrant Employment” project, with a focus on immigration/refugee policy, human and labour rights for im/migrant workers in Canada.

Nuha Shaer’s topic:

“Palestinian women resisting the quiet ethnic cleansing in so called area C through everyday practices”

Many Palestinian women have grown up, trying to survive, under the Israeli military occupation. In this panel, I will shed light on their everyday struggle to protect themselves and their families from the unprecedented levels of hegemonic military power that is used to colonize land, evict people and demolish their homes. Forcible transfer and home demolitions affect Palestinian women and men, but Palestinian women are often particularly affected because home is the centre of most Palestinian women’s lives; it’s where they participate in social activities and can create a safe and secure environment for their families. In my analysis, I locate the Palestinian women struggle to exercise and promote their housing rights, resist spatial oppression and decolonize the space within the broader context of Indigenous struggle against settler colonialism. I attempt to offer a new account of home demolition that goes beyond the narratives of destruction, its impact on the inhabitants and the notion of victimization by focusing on women’s agency in their everyday practices to promote community resilience while making and remaking spaces for themselves and their families despite adversity.

Many presentation will draw from my personal experience as a Palestinian women and scholar. As well as my work with Marginalized communities in Southern Hebron Hills and my PhD research.