Women & Gender Studies Institute

Undergraduate Research Trip to Hawai’i Offers Lessons for Living on Indigenous Land

Hawai’i may be best known as a holiday paradise, but for Professor Bonnie McElhinny and six University of Toronto anthropology students, it is a learning lab for multiculturalism and de-colonization strategies.
Like Canada, Hawai’i has a population of people from around the world and an active Indigenous sovereignty movement. The study trip part of McElhinny’s Diversity: Critical Perspectives on Multiculturalism and Settler Colonialism course is particularly relevant in light of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report and the University of Toronto’s response.
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