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Zoe Todd

Associate Professor

Degrees:M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (Aberdeen)


Zoe Todd (Métis/otipemisiw) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), Alberta, Canada. She writes about fish, art, Métis legal traditions, the Anthropocene, extinction, and decolonization in urban and prairie contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in north/western 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 current work focuses on the relationships between people and fish in the context of colonialism, environmental change and resource extraction in Treaty Six Territory (Edmonton, amiskwaciwâskahikan), Alberta and the Lake Winnipeg watershed more broadly. 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

Johnson, Elizabeth R, Garnet Kindervater, Zoe Todd, Kathryn Yusoff, Keith Woodward, and Elizabeth A Povinelli. “Geontographies: On Elizabeth Povinelli’s Geontologies: A Requiem for Late Liberalism.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, (September 2019).

Todd, Zoe. (2018). “Refracting the State Through Human-Fish Relations: Fishing, Indigenous Legal Orders and Colonialism in North/Western Canada”. DIES: Decolonization, Indigeneity, Education, and Society 7(1): 60-75.

Adese, Jennifer, Todd, Zoe and Shaun A. Stevenson. (2017). Mediating Métis Identity: An Interview with Jennifer Adese and Zoe Todd. Media Tropes eJournal VII(1): 1-25.

Todd, Z. (2017). Fish, Kin, and Hope: Tending to water violations in amiskwaciwâskahikan and Treaty Six Territory. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Inquiry 43(1): 102-107.

Todd, Z. (2016). From a Fishy Place: Examining Canadian State law applied in the Daniels decision from the perspective of Métis legal orders. TOPIA 36: 43-57.

Todd, Z. (2016). ‘How do you teach about the layered colonial realities that mould a Canadian city?’ (commentary). Aboriginal Policy Studies 6(1): 90-97.

Todd, Z. (2016). An Indigenous Feminist’s Take on the Ontological Turn: ‘Ontology’ is just another word for colonialism. Journal of Historical Sociology 29(1): 4-22.

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

Refereed book chapters

Todd, Zoe. (2018). ‘Refracting colonialism in Canada: fish tales, text, and insistent public grief.’ Mark Jackson, editor. Coloniality, Ontology, and the Question of the Posthuman. Routledge Press.

Todd, Zoe. (2018). ‘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. Wilfrid Laurier Press. ISBN13: 978-1-77112-219-1

Todd, Zoe and Brenda Parlee. (2018). “Chapter 9: The Wage Economy and Caribou Harvesting”, in When the Caribou Do Not Come: Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptive Management in the Western Arctic. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Wray, Kristine, Parlee, Brenda, and Zoe Todd. (2018). “Chapter 14: Linking the Kitchen Table and Boardroom Table: Women in Caribou Management”. In When the Caribou Do Not Co: Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptive Management in the Western Arctic. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Todd, Z. (2016). ‘This is the Life’: Women’s Role in Food Provisioning in Paulatuuq, Northwest Territories. Kermoal, N and I. Altamirano-Jimenez (eds). Pp. 160-185 in Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place. Athabasca: Athabasca University Press. doi: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990417.01.

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].

Todd, Z. (2014). Creating citizen spaces through Indigenous soundscapes. Spacing Magazine.

Other publications

Todd, Zoe. (2018). “Rape Culture, CanLit, and You” in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, edited by Hannah McGregor and Julie Rak. Book*Hug.

Todd, Zoe. (2017). Protecting life below water: tending to relationality and expanding oceanic consciousness beyond coastal zones. American Anthropologist (Public Anthropologies Section) (invited piece – edited by Dr. Adia Benton and Dr. Yarimar Bonilla).

Todd, Z. (2017). Commentary: The Environmental Anthropology of Settler Colonialism, Part I. Environment and Anthropology Society Engagement Blog.

Fraser, C. and Z. Todd. (2016). Decolonial Sensibilities: Indigenous Research and Engaging with Archives in Contemporary Colonial Canada. L’Internationale Online and Rado Ištok. L’Internationale (eds). Pp. 32-39. Decolonising the Archives series.

Lee, E. and Z. Todd. (2016). Our Home in the World: Care, Reciprocity, and Indigenous Climate Activism. A Conversation with Zoe S. Todd and Erica Violet Lee. Pp. 29-33. Elements for a World: Wood – Law, Rights, Truth, Testimony. Beirut: Sursock Museum.

Todd, Z., and A. Mills. (2016). Our responsibilities to Indigenous peoples and places in Canadian research and policy. Policy Options.

Todd, Z. (2016). Conversations with my Father’s paintings: writing my relations back into the academy. Active History Blog.

Todd, Z. (2016). From fish lives to fish law: learning to see Indigenous legal orders in Canada. Yates-Doerr, E., and C. Labuski (eds). Somatosphere: Ethnographic Case Series.

Todd, Z. (2016). “Relationships.” Theorizing the Contemporary. Cultural Anthropology website.

Moffatt, M., Chetwynd, C., and Z. Todd. (2015). Interrupting the Northern Research Industry: Why Northern Research Should be in Northern Hands. Northern Public Affairs.