On (indigenous) death as (settler) improvement: Sherene Razack, Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody, University of Toronto Press, 2015


Description: No matter where in Canada they occur, inquiries and inquests into untimely Indigenous deaths in state custody often tell the same story. Repeating details of fatty livers, mental illness, alcoholic belligerence, and a mysterious incapacity to cope with modern life, the legal proceedings declare that there are no villains here, only inevitable casualties of Indigenous life.

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