Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, S-B6800, “Cree family and Red River Cart, 1905”

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Policing Morality: Regulating Sexuality Across the Canada-United States Border

In this article, USask history professor Benjamin Hoy explores the methods used by the Canadian and U.S. governments to enforce colonial frameworks of gender, sexuality, and kinship structures. Drawing on work from both borderland scholars and historians of gender, Hoy includes a discussion of perceived “deviant” practices, and of the colonial treatment of western morality as a universal ethic. The article details strategies of surveillance, resource and mobility deprivation, and extradition. These tactics were used by colonial governments and their agents to enforce social and behavioral moralities on non-conforming peoples and communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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