Canadian Drug Policy and the Reproduction of Indigenous Inequities

International Indigenous Policy Journal. 2015;6(1):7


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Journal Title: International Indigenous Policy Journal

ISSN: 1916-5781 (Print)

Publisher: University of Western Ontario

LCC Subject Category: Political science | Social Sciences

Country of publisher: Canada

Language of fulltext: English

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Shelley G. Marshall (University of Manitoba)


Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Canada’s federal drug policy under the Harper government (2006 to present) is “tough on crime” and dismissive of public health and harm reduction approaches to problematic drug use. Drawing on insights from discourse and critical race theories, and Bacchi’s (2009) poststructural policy analysis framework, problematic representations in Canada’s federal drug policy discourse are examined through proposed and passed legislation, government documents, and parliamentary speaker notes. These problem representations are situated within their social, historical, and colonial context to demonstrate how this policy is poised to intersect with persistent racial inequalities that position Indigenous peoples for involvement with illicit substances and markets, and racialized discourses and practices within law and law enforcement that perpetuate Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system.