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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.
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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.



12th International Congress: Cultural Heritage and New Technologies

11/05/2007 8:00 am
11/07/2007 6:00 pm

November 5-7, 2007
City Hall of Vienna, Austria-Wappensaalgruppe
Submission deadline: May 31, 2007

Topics include:

Workshop 2: Database Management and Excavations

Session 1: Archaeology and Technology - Documenting, Monitoring, and Managing Cultural Heritage

Session 2: Cultural Heritage - Cultural Heritage Conservation in Educational Systems: Risk Management; Cultural Heritage and Computer Technology: A New Dimension

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Mapping Health Geography in Nova Scotia Workshop,

10/29/2007 7:00 am
10/30/2007 5:00 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to gather together health researchers and discuss the opportunities, benefits and challenges of geomatics in health research. This collaboration continues to enhance Nova Scotia's health research capacity.


  • To create a province wide dialogue on current expertise and resources related to geomatics and health research
  • To identify future opportunities for collaboration on health research
  • To identify next steps in building a “network” of health researchers using geomatics
  • A chance to collectively identify problems and work as a cohesive group to look at solutions.

Eligible Participants:

  • Health researchers working with or interested in working with geomatics in Nova Scotia 
  • Trainees interested in working with geomatics on health research projects


To register, download out the Application form and return your completed form by October 1, 2007 (Please note that space is limited.):

Linda Waterhouse, Coordinator, Collaborative Initiatives
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
PO Box 2684
Halifax, NS
B3J 3P7

Fax: (902)424-7753

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