chapter  23
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Citizenship and foreignness in Canada

ByYasmeen Abu-Laban

The fact that Indigenous peoples still refer to the continent of North America as ‘Turtle Island’ is a powerful reminder of the settler-colonial foundation of the boundaries and polities that mark present-day Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The last is a country marked by settlercolonization initially from France and later Britain, along with repeated waves of immigration. Canada is an especially compelling place for considering globalizing citizenship studies because its particular historical social formation has given rise to complex power relations and also because the country has embraced (relatively) large-scale immigration from around the world since the late 1960s.