Joy Mannette

York University

Joy Mannette is a mother, Acadienne, activist and educator. She has taught for 34 years as a classroom teacher and sociologist in Ontario and Nova Scotia. She also has experience teaching First Nations students and working on treaty issues with the Mi’kmaq First Nation. Joy is perhaps best known for her work on the Marshall Inquiry, but she has also lived and researched in the Mohlakeng township west of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Questions of ethicality in a racialized context of pedagogy and research preoccupy her current work. Her research interests include cross cultural ways of knowing, community organizing for change, cross-cultural learning, issues in university experience of racialized students, law, policy and ethics and new approaches in qualitative research Joy Mannette struggles to live by the wisdom imparted to her by Maliseet artist Shirley Bear urged me: “Give your power away.”

  • Elusive Justice

    Beyond the Marshall Inquiry

    Edited by Joy Mannette     January 1992

    “The Marshall Commission Report does not deserve accolades. While it acknowledges errors, negligence and mismanagement, it did not make the connections necessary to begin the process of developing a dialogue about a justice system that Aboriginal people can respect, or which respects Aboriginal people.” - M.E. Turpel, Dalhousie Law School

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