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Zoe Todd

Assistant Professor

Degrees:M.Sc. (Alberta)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4007
Office:C761 Loeb Building


Zoe Todd (Métis) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in the Treaty Six Area of Alberta, Canada. She writes about Indigeneity, art, architecture, decolonization and healing in urban contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in northern Canada.

Areas of Interest

My research is on fish, colonialism and legal-governance relations between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian State. In the past, I have researched human-fish relations in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, and I have also conducted work on Arctic Food Security in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories, Canada. My future work will focus on the relationships between people and fish in the context of colonialism, environmental change and resource extraction in Treaty Six Territory (Edmonton, Amiskwaciwâsakihan), Alberta. My work employs a critical Indigenous feminist lens to examine the shared relationships between people and their environments and legal orders in Canada, with a view to understanding how to bring fish and the more-than-human into conversations about Indigenous self-determination, peoplehood, and governance in Canada today.

Recent Publications

Journal articles

Todd, Z. (invited, to be submitted October 2015). An Indigenous Feminist’s Take on the Ontological Turn: ‘Ontology’ is just another word for colonialism. Journal of Historical Sociology.

Todd, Z. (2014). Fish pluralities: Human-animal relations and sites of engagement in Paulatuuq, Arctic Canada. Etudes/Inuit/Studies 38(1-2): 217-238.

Book Reviews

Todd, Z. (2015). “Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitarjuk Nappaaluk, translated by Bernard Saladin d’Anglure”, The Goose Vol 13, Iss. 2, Article 26 Available at:

Todd, Z. (2013). Review of James D. Waldram, D. Ann Herring, and T. Kue Young, Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives. Sibirica 12 (3): 95-98.

Refereed book chapters

Todd, Z. (in press). ‘Métis storytelling across time and space: situating the personal and academic self between homelands’. Christensen, J., Szabo-Jones, L., Cox, C. and A. Boisselle (eds). Activating The Heart: Storytelling, Knowledge Sharing and Relationship. Wilfred Laurier Press.

Todd, Z. (in press). ‘This is the Life”: Women’s Harvesting, Fishing and Food Security in Paulatuuq, NT’. Kermoal, N and I. Altamirano-Jimenez (eds). Reflections on Indigenous Women’s Knowledge. Athabasca: Athabasca University Press.

Todd, Z. (in press). ‘Chapter 11: Understanding the Impact of the Wage Economy on Harvesting and Food Security’. B Parlee, K Caine, M Manseau & D Simmons (eds), in: When the Caribou Do Not Come: The Social Dimensions of Changing Caribou Populations in the Western Arctic. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver.

Non-refereed book chapters

Todd, Z. (2015). “Decolonial dreams: unsettling the academy through namewak”. A contribution on appropriation of Indigenous voice and human-fish relations for the anthology The New (new) corpse, Caroline Picard, editor. Green Lantern Press: Chicago.

Todd, Z. (2015). Indigenizing the Anthropocene. Pp. 241- in Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environment and Epistemology. Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, editors. Open Humanities Press.

Magazine Articles

Todd, Z. (2015). Rethinking Aesthetics and Ontology through Indigenous Law: On the work of Val Napoleon and Loretta Todd. C Magazine 126: 10-17 [feature]

Other publications

Todd, Z. (2014). Creating citizen spaces through Indigenous soundscapes. Spacing Magazine. Published 01 October 2014­soundscapes/

Todd, Z. (2014). Opinion: Métis woman’s yes vote on Scottish independence signals end to colonization. (Scottish Independence Referendum op-ed published online by the Edmonton Journal, September 17, 2014).