First Nations’ Rights Speaker Series: The Gap Between Law and Practice – February 28

Indigenous Law as a Solution to Resource Conflict in Treaty 8

Unconventional energy development made possible by hydraulic fracturing (“Fracking”), has massively increased energy development in Treaty 8, which contains the second largest hydrocarbon deposit on earth. This has led to litigation, blockades and other forms of conflict with indigenous communities. Caleb Behn examines the potential of indigenous laws and legal traditions to ensure preservation of the environment as a condition of energy development and to effect reconciliation.

Speaker Caleb Behn is Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne Za/Cree from the Treaty 8 Territory of northeastern BC. He holds a J.D. with a concentration in environmental law and sustainability and is the subject of the transmedia project and documentary film Fractured Land.

Thursday, February 28, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.