Anti-Colonial Abolitionism: International Context
Sheri Pranteau is a First Nations woman born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is currently serving a life sentence. Sheri served approximately 17 years inside and has an incredible amount of lived experience under her belt. She has been free on full parole for over 10 years and is a great mother to a 9-year-old son. She is also a senior member of the Indigenous Support Workers Project (ISWP) – a grassroots organization based in Montréal, Québec. Sheri makes fried/baked bannock before her shifts and she shares this with her homeless Indigenous community members. ISWP provides street level assistance, mental health wellness through communication and acknowledgment. She is also newly employed with Canadian Associations of Elizabeth Fry Societies as their Advocacy Liaison and is continually working hard to move forward in her life in the best and most healthy way possible.
Tracey McIntosh, MNZM, is Ngāi Tūhoe, mother and grandmother and a Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa (School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies) at the University of Auckland. She was the former Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Her recent research focused on incarceration (particularly of Māori and Indigenous peoples), along with issues pertaining to poverty, inequality and social justice. She recognizes the significance of working with those that have lived experience of incarceration and marginalization, and acknowledges them as experts of their own condition. She has a strong interest in the interface between research and policy.
Thalia Anthony is a Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a teacher, researcher, mother, activist, abolitionist, and proud Cypriot who lives and works on the stolen land of the Eora Nation. Her research focuses on the colonial legacy and systemic racism in legal and penal institutions. Her books Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment and Decolonising Criminology highlight the harms endured by First Nations people from the penal-colonial state. She works with local Aboriginal organizations such as Deadly Connections and Aboriginal Legal Services to strengthen sites of resistance and further self-determination.
Vicki Chartrand is a Mama and Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Bishop’s University, Quebec located on unceded Abenaki territory and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa located on unceded Algonquin and Anishinabek territory. Her work centres on collaborating for and with women and children, Indigenous communities, and people in prison. Pm8wzowinnoak Bishop’s kchi adalagakidimek aoak kzalziwi w8banakii aln8baïkik.