First Nations’ Rights Speaker Series: The Gap between Law and Practice – May 9, 2013

Savage Anxieties: Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights and the Not-So-Special Case of Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group v. Canada before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission

Robert Williams Talk

Throughout the centuries, conquest, war, and unspeakable acts of racist violence and colonial dispossession have all been justified by citing Western civilization’s opposition to the differences represented by indigenous tribal peoples. Professor Williams explores the history of the denial of indigenous peoples’ rights to lands and resources in the West from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans up through Canada’s 21st century treaty negotiations in BC. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Robert Williams Jr., Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, is an internationally acclaimed expert on First Nations rights.
Thursday, May 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Admission is free. Seating is limited.