Almost three years ago, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report and among its findings, the report identified resource extraction as a site of gender violence.

The relationship between extraction and gender violence has been observed in extractive sites around the globe. And in Canada, this gender violence is shaped by extraction and settler colonial dispossession of Indigenous lands and livelihoods.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Rebecca Hall of Queen’s University talks about her research and new book, Refracted Economies: Diamond Mining and Social Reproduction in the North, where she spoke with Dene, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous women in the Northwest Territories about their experiences with the mines.

She says, “The women I spoke with shared concerns that inequalities in both caring labours and finances were shaping conditions for interpersonal violence, and making it more difficult for women to leave violent situations.”

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All the best.

Haley Lewis

Culture + Society Editor

A woman examines a diamond she is in the process of cutting and polishing in Yellowknife, N.W.T. in a photo from 2003. (CP PHOTO/Bob Weber)

Diamond mines in the Northwest Territories are not a girl’s best friend

Rebecca Hall, Queen's University, Ontario

While marketing has made diamond rings a symbol of heteronormative happy endings, women from the Northwest Territories tell a different story about their experiences with the diamond mines.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, on May 9, 2021, marking the 76th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

How Russia’s fixation on the Second World War helps explain its Ukraine invasion

Oleksa Drachewych, Western University

Russia’s take on the Second World War is not merely for nationalist consumption. The actions of the Soviet Union in defeating Nazi Germany appear to be a blueprint for the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Canada geese and mallards at sunset, laser-etched with a pattern from sections of mosaic design of the Imam Mosque in Isfahan, Iran, seen in ‘Mallards Reeds’ by artist Soheila Esfahani. (Soheila Kolahdouz Esfahani)

Contemporary Muslim artists continue to adapt Islamic patterns to challenge ideas about fixed culture

Soheila Kolahdouz Esfahani, Western University

As Islamic geometric patterns and arabesque designs have migrated globally, they’ve been adapted, and may not even be recognized as bearing the influence of Islamic societies.

Marine ecosystems across Canada’s coasts, such as eelgrass meadows that provide an important habitat for juvenile species, are threatened by human activities and climate change. (Nicolas Winkler)

Canada’s marine conservation toolbox needs an overhaul to counter climate change

Andrea Bryndum-Buchholz, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Kristina Boerder, Dalhousie University

It is time to acknowledge and address the rapid shifts in Canada’s oceans. To meet this challenge, Canada’s marine conservation toolbox — starting with the Oceans Act — needs an overhaul.

A lawsuit filed on April 12 alleges that Tesla CEO Elon Musk illegally delayed disclosing his stake in Twitter so he could buy more shares at lower prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

If Elon Musk succeeds in his Twitter takeover, it would restrict, rather than promote, free speech

Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads University

Elon Musk’s attempt to take over Twitter uses free speech as the motivation, but research shows that unregulated online spaces result in increased harassment for marginalized users.

Changes in climate affect the timings of various points in the life cycle of plants, including when flowers bloom in spring and when leaves wither in autumn. (Shutterstock)

Climate change is altering the seasonal rhythm of plant life-cycle events

Roberto Silvestro, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC); Sergio Rossi, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Climate change is modifying the timing of recurrent life-cycle events with critical consequences on ecological and economic levels.

La Conversation Canada

Pando, le plus grand organisme vivant de la planète, risque de disparaître après des millénaires de vie à cause du surpâturage des cerfs et des wapitis. (Lance Oditt/Friends of Pando)

Les chevreuils dévorent peu à peu le plus grand organisme du monde

Richard Elton Walton, Newcastle University

Ces 47 000 peupliers faux-trembles sont des clones génétiquement identiques avec des racines communes.

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    Grazia Pacillo, CGIAR System Organization; Ana Maria Loboguerrero, CGIAR System Organization; Elisabeth Gilmore, Carleton University; Peter Läderach, CGIAR System Organization; Tanaya Dutta Gupta, CGIAR System Organization

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