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Data & Sovereignty: Resisting Colonial Logics for Racial Justice

Dec 14, 2020

Recent attentions to the collection, use, dissemination, ownership, and impacts of demographic data have convened several historical contradictions, resurfacing the contours of the false promise of equity from quantitative data collection.  COVID-19 has positioned a number of initiatives that claim to address injustice and inequities in health or elsewhere though data collection often without the needs of those mined for data at the centre of these conversations. Regularly, these data are on or about Black, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Latinx, Asian, South Asian, Caribbean, and other non-white groups, people living with mental health issues, disabilities, those who are houseless or underhoused, low-income, people living with substance use needs, and 2SLGBTQ+ populations while also collecting information on gender. These initiatives that collect and do not deliver have not gone uncontested.   

Join us on December 3rd, 2020, from 2pm-4pm EST as we grapple with a range of necessary analyses and perspectives related to conversations on “race-based” data, “health equity data”.   

This panel event will grapple with concerns about Indigenous data sovereignty, with Dr. Bernice Downey, grassroots efforts to establish an Independent, community-led reporting system for hate incidents in Hamilton (Kojo Damptey, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion), perspectives on data colonialism and plantation logics in social services, and public health (Dr. Ameil Joseph), and Llana James will deliver a keynote address on anti-Blackness in data initiatives, as well as the as an example of intervention for justice.  

This event is supported by:  The McMaster Institute for Health Equity, the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, and the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute.