Policing Indigenous Movements

Dissent and the Security State

By Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan  

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In recent years, Indigenous peoples have lead a number of high profile movements fighting for social and environmental justice in Canada. From land struggles to struggles against resource extraction, pipeline development and fracking, land and water defenders have created a national discussion about these issues and successfully slowed the rate of resource extraction.

But their success has also meant an increase in the surveillance and policing of Indigenous peoples and their movements. In Policing Indigenous Movements, Crosby and Monaghan use the Access to Information Act to interrogate how policing and other security agencies have been monitoring, cataloguing and working to silence Indigenous land defenders and other opponents of extractive capitalism. Through an examination of four prominent movements — the long-standing conflict involving the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, the struggle against the Northern Gateway Pipeline, the Idle No More movement and the anti-fracking protests surrounding the Elsipogtog First Nation — this important book raises critical questions regarding the expansion of the security apparatus, the normalization of police surveillance targeting social movements, the relationship between police and energy corporations, the criminalization of dissent and threats to civil liberties and collective action in an era of extractive capitalism and hyper surveillance.

In one of the most comprehensive accounts of contemporary government surveillance, the authors vividly demonstrate that it is the norms of settler colonialism that allow these movements to be classified as national security threats and the growing network of policing, governmental, and private agencies that comprise what they call the security state.

“An accessible must-read for all Canadians concerned about respectful relations with indigenous people and the decline of civil rights in the war-on-terror era.”

— Publishers Weekly

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  • ISBN: 9781773630465
  • June 2018
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  • Winner, Surveillance Studies Network Book Award (2019)

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  • “An accessible must-read for all Canadians concerned about respectful relations with indigenous people and the decline of civil rights in the war-on-terror era.”

    — Publishers Weekly, June 2018 (full review)


  • Glossary of Acronyms
  • Introduction: Project SITKA, policing, and the settler colonial present
  • “Welcome to ABL World!!!”:The Logic of Elimination and the Algonquins of Barriere Lake
  • Northern Gateway Pipeline: Policing for Extractive Capitalism
  • Idle No More and the “Fusion Centre for Native Problems”
  • The Raid at Elsipogtog: Integrated Policing and “Violent Aboriginal Extremists”
  • Conclusion: Policing the Imaginary “Anti-Petroleum Movement”
  • References
  • Index


  • Andrew Crosby

    University of Waterloo

    Andrew Crosby is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, with a PhD in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. He is co-author of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State (2018, Fernwood).

  • Jeffrey Monaghan

    Jeffrey Monaghan is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University. His research examines practices of security governance, policing, and surveillance.

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