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A Geographic - Historical Perspective Behind The Recent Tsilhqot'in Supreme Court Decision

02/07/2008 2:30 pm
02/07/2008 3:30 pm

Dr. Ken Brealey,
7 February, 2:30-3:30pm,
University of Victoria Room MAC D110.

Dr. Brealey:

Hosted by UVic Geography Dept and the Indigenous Geography Studies Group.
For more information contact John Newcomb


Inuit Leader to Speak on Arctic Issues

02/03/2008 3:00 pm
02/03/2008 5:00 pm

The best way to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic is through the residents who live there according to the head of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).

Mary Simon (left), president of the ITK, will be at the University of Calgary on February 5 as part of her national speaking tour. The Inuit leader, whose talk is sponsored by Arctic Institute of North America, has embarked on the tour in order to make Canadians aware of the contemporary issues faced by people in the North such as climate change, sovereignty and the economy.

“Our concept of asserting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic goes well beyond the much needed military and legal measures anticipated and recently announced by the Government of Canada,” says Simon. “My purpose in speaking to Canadians in all provinces and territories is to make the case that the best way to assert Canadian sovereignty in the region is through its residents. The Inuit approach to asserting sovereignty is holistic and calls for the development of healthy people and healthy communities alongside the military and legal measures.”

Simon says that the huge gaps in health, education and housing between the Inuit and the rest of Canada must be addressed. She would like to see policies put in place which will build thriving communities and provide for economic growth in a long-term, sustainable manner.

Everyone is welcome to this free talk.

Who: Mary Simon, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

What: Inuit and the Canadian Arctic: Sovereignty Begins at Home

Where: Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre

When: 3 pm, February 5, 2008

For an interview with Mary Simon:
Stephen Hendrie, Senior Communications Office, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Cell: 613 277-3178 Email:

For more information on Mary Simon’s visit:
Ruth Klinkhammer, Director of Communications, (403) 220-7294


Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment: A Day Long Symposium

11/23/2007 8:30 am
11/23/2007 4:00 pm

The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) and The David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education, in collaboration with the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, the Pacific Peoples' Partnership, and the Koutu Nui of the Cook Islands present

Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment A Day Long Symposium

Friday, November 23, 2007
8:30-4:00 pm
Ponderosa Centre , UBC

This full day symposium will offer perspectives on the global environmental crisis from the lens of Indigenous knowledges. The diversity and plurality of Indigenous ways of knowing (traditional, academic, scientific and activist) will be used to explore the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities, from the Cook Islands to Vancouver Island, and what constitutes Indigenous environmentalist responses at various sites and across academic disciplines (e.g. anthropology, education, health sciences). The plenary panel, “Shifting Tides: Indigenous Responses to Global Climate Change” will be composed of Indigenous individuals from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, Vancouver Island and the Koutu Nui of the Cook Islands. Other panels on “Indigeneity, Environmentalism and the Disciplines” and “More Environmentalisms” (i.e. not necessarily Indigenous) will feature UBC Faculty, visiting scholars, UBC Environment Caucus and graduate student representatives. An Aboriginal scholar from Australia will draw on Australian Aboriginal communities’ experiences to provide the symposium’s concluding statement.

A light lunch will be provided.
RSVP by email to: 

The UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

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Not at the Table as Beggars: Rethinking the B.C. Treaty Process

12/03/2007 1:00 pm
12/03/2007 2:30 pm
Robert Morales

Chief Negotiator, Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group

December 3, 2007 from 1 to 2:30 pm
Room 158 Fraser (Law) Building


After more than a decade of negotiations, the B.C. Treaty Process has
yielded two final agreements in the last few months.  The celebration of
these two agreements comes amid deeper challenges to the treaty negotiation
process in the province, including growing frustration of those First
Nations involved in negotiating treaties and a recent court decision that
highlights flaws in the process.

Mr. Morales will speak on the state of the treaty process today, reflecting
on recent developments and arguing for a new approach to treaty-making in
British Columbia.  Mr. Morales argues that the present process too often
reduces First Nations to the role of 'beggars' at the negotiation table, and
must change to reflect a recognition of the fundamental rights of Aboriginal
peoples to land and to self-determination.


As Chief Negotiator of the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group, Robert Morales has an
intimate and detailed knowledge of the treaty negotiation process in British
Columbia.  Through his roles as Co-Chair of the Unity Protocol Group, a
coalition of First Nations dedicated to reforming the B.C. Treaty process,
and Chair of the First Nations Summit's Chief Negotiator's Forum, he also
has a broad perspective on the treaty process and its current limitations.