Canada: Indigenous Law as a Solution to Resource Conflict in Treaty 8 | Video

In this 4-part series, Caleb Behn examines conflict and environmental degradation associated with natural gas extraction in Treaty 8 in northeastern BC which sits atop the second largest hydrocarbon deposit in the world. Mr. Behn discusses the ramifications of a number of threatening factors: a … [Read more...]

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

PDF version Savage Anxieties - The Invention of Western Civilization ; Indigenous Rights and the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group case May 9/13 Professor Robert Williams explores justifications for conquest, war, acts of racist violence and colonial dispossession from the time of the ancient Greeks to … [Read more...]

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 Throughout the centuries, conquest, war, and unspeakable acts of racist violence and colonial dispossession have all been … [Read more...]

Gladue Growing Pains: Racist Sentencing Discounts or Emancipation from Racist Sentencing? | March 20, 2013

Gladue Growing Pains Racist Sentencing Discounts or Emancipation from Racist Sentencing? Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, 12:00 to 1:30 PM Franklin Lew Forum, UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC This event will commence with a salmon feast to welcome … [Read more...]

Canada: Robert Morales: Debunking the Doctrine of Discovery | Video

Robert Morales: Debunking the Doctrine of Discovery: Colonial Excuse for the Seizure of Land and the Oppression of Peoples Medieval European law allowed a monarch to claim any land discovered by one of his subjects if it was occupied by non-Christians. In the 16th century, war against Native … [Read more...]

Canada: The Campaign to Erode Aboriginal and Treaty Rights | Joint open letter

Re: The Campaign to Erode Aboriginal and Treaty Rights To: Open Letter From: Endorsed by LRWC and numerous other experts and organizations Date: January 29, 2013 Please click here to view the PDF version. For almost 15 years, the federal Department of Justice has conducted a campaign to … [Read more...]

Canada: Governor General’s Attendance at First Nations Meeting 11 January 2013 | Letter

View pdf: Governor General's Attendance at First Nations Meeting 11 January 2013 January 9, 2013 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2 Fax: 613-941-6900 E-mail: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca; pm@pm.gc.ca Dear Prime … [Read more...]

Canada: Arrange meeting requested by Chief Spence | Letter

View pdf: Arrange meeting requested by Chief Spence, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada tells PM The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2 Fax: 613-941-6900 E-mail: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca; pm@pm.gc.ca Dear Prime … [Read more...]

Canada: Oral Statement | Access to Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls: 21st Session of the Human Rights Council

Recently, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concerns about the extreme levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada and also recommended improved access to justice as part of a remedy. In spite of these recommendations, lack of equal … [Read more...]

University of Victoria: Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples | September 13

Download the September 13 Victoria Event Poster (pdf) Series: FIRST NATIONS’ RIGHTS: THE GAP BETWEEN LAW AND PRACTICE Indigenous Rights in the UN System Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Room … [Read more...]