Symposium: Indigenous Rights and Global Responsibilities

Thursday, September 22 / 1–4pm
Michael Ames Theatre / Free with museum admission


Join the dialogue surrounding Indigenous rights, land, water and our responsibilities as global citizens. Moderated by Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics, hear from Indigenous activists, academics, and artists as they tackle issues of land rights, environmental destruction, and the changing political climate both locally and globally.
The symposium will be followed by a free screening of Cultures of Resistance, the first of four film screenings organized in conjunction with this event.


Sheryl Lightfoot is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe. Lightfoot is currently the Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics, and Associate Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science. She is the author of the newly published book, Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution.

qiyəplenəxʷ – Howard E. Grant (Musqueam) is currently the Executive Director of the First Nations Summit (FNS) and is his family’s cultural speaker and a historian and cultural leader of his extended family. Grant is also a long-serving member of Council from his home community and was previously the Executive Director of the Musqueam Indian Band.

Teanna Ducharme (Nisga’a) is a youth advocate for global indigenous youth. She currently works for the Nisga’a Lisims Government increasing youth presence and engagement in politics. Ducharme is also the North American Youth Representative for the UN Global Indigenous Youth Caucus. She has previously worked with youth in Zambia through the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program

Ruth Beer is an artist and Professor of Visual Art and Material Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Beer is the lead artist/researcher on the project Trading Routes: Grease trails, oil pipelines which addresses issues related to contested geography, changing landscapes, cultural heritage, and the economy of northern BC. Through artistic practice, exhibitions, and events, the research-creation project provides a forum for dialogue and exchange among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural producers to address issues and envision change.

Thank you to the research-creation project Trading
Routes: Grease Trails, Oil Pipeline
for sponsoring participant travel.
Images, right to left: Wade Davis, Sheryl Lightfoot, Howard E. Grant.

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