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2 October @ 4:07 am

Do No Harm is an annual series that gathers anti-human trafficking advocates to critically reflect on our work and how we can do better.

About this event

How does the colonial history of this land known as Canada shape the way Indigenous peoples and communities encounter and experience human trafficking?

How does anti-human trafficking work replicate and/or reinforce colonial systems of oppression?

How should the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry’s Calls to Justice inform anti-human trafficking work?

This year’s Do No Harm series will explore these and other questions and consider how to improve the anti-human trafficking work by using a decolonial, anti-oppressive, and intersectional lens.

June 6th: Settler Colonialism and Human Trafficking

Description: This webinar applies political theory to the problem of human trafficking in Canada, with a particular focus on the structure of settler colonialism. The presentation will begin with a theoretical discussion of colonialism and the role of sexualized violence in the colony before exploring the limitations of contemporary human trafficking discourses from an anti-colonial perspective.

Speaker: Shelagh Roxburgh, Ph.D. Political Studies (Comparative Politics and Political Theory)

June 13

Speaker: Kayla Spagnoli – Minwaashin Lodge

June 20

Speaker: Sasha Sky

June 27

Speaker: Jennisha Wilson


Do No Harm exists to bring forward voices of frontline workers, survivors, and other experts to help uncover blind spots and tensions within anti-human trafficking work that result in harm against marginalized groups. Presenters speak directly to the harm committed in anti-human trafficking work and suggest new practices that centre the voices and experiences of those most affected.

Recordings of our previous webinars can be found on our YouTube channel.