Deathscapes of Settler Colonialism: The necro-settlement of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

Adam Barker

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This article considers the influence of burials and memorials to colonial soldiers from an earlier era on contemporary social and cultural landscapes in Canada. Through the example of a landscape centered on Smith’s Knoll, a burial ground for war dead from the British-American War of 1812, it explores the process of necro-settlement: the strengthening of settler colonial claims to land based on the development of complex, meaningladen landscapes of dead and memory. This article consists of three parts: The first situates geographical studies of deathscapes alongside theories about settler colonialism through intersecting discourses of land use. The second includes a settler colonial microhistorical geography of Smith’s Knoll and the local deathscape that surrounds it. The third section draws on this case study to reveal new perspectives on the role of burial and memorial in settler colonial place-making and the erasure of Indigenous histories and peoples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1134-1149
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Association of American Geographers
Issue number4
Early online date23 Jan 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jan 2018


  • Canada
  • Deathscapes
  • Indigenous people
  • Settler colonialism
  • War of 1812


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