It is easy to dismiss inmates as troubled and irredeemable people, but this stigma can lead to further marginalisation and a lack of understanding of the real issues behind jail sentences. The global over-representation of indigenous peoples in prisons speaks to lives of restriction and constraint both inside and outside of the wire.
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the developed world and in New Zealand, mass incarceration is Māori incarceration. This talk will draw strongly on the experience and expertise of incarcerated people and will begin a discussion on what strategies we need to help them rehabilitate and move toward decarceration.
Tracey McIntosh (Tūhoe) is 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 is the former Co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Her recent research focuses on incarceration (particularly of Māori and indigenous peoples) and issues pertaining to poverty, inequality and social justice.
She was a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University and has won numerous teaching awards including a national tertiary teaching excellence award. She is the Co-editor of AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.