Wet’suwet’en Virtual Teach-In: Title and Rights, State Action, and Media representation of Land Defenders
During a time of separation and social distancing, join us for an opportunity to gather together for a virtual teach-in on the legal foundations of Wet’suwet’en Title and Rights and the treatment of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and supporters in the media as a result of recent state actions taken against them.
Moderated by Coll Thrush, Professor of History and Associate Faculty in Critical Indigenous Studies, this is your opportunity to hear from leading UBC scholars and learn more about the various human rights issues faced by Indigenous and First Nations people.
Presenters, Paige Raibmon (Department of History), Gordon Christie (Allard School of Law), and Candis Callison (Graduate School of Journalism) will speak to their various fields of expertise and respond to questions from participants in this virtual space.
Free, but registration is required. Please see link below.
While designed primarily as an educational and engagement opportunity for members of the First Nations House of Learning, the UBC Learning Circle, and the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office communities, this event is open to all UBC community members who are seeking to positively, respectfully, and meaningfully explore this topic
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Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2020 (PST)
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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Host And Moderator:
Coll Thrush, Professor of History, Associate Faculty in Critical Indigenous Studies
Coll Thrush is Professor of History and Associate Faculty in Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (2007/2017) and Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (2016). He is of mixed settler descent and was raised in Auburn, Washington, in the treaty territory of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
Paige Raibmon, Professor of History
Dr. Paige Raibmon is a Professor of History at UBC, teaching a course on the history of Indigenous peoples’ land rights activism in BC. She is a settler scholar and mother, living and working for most of her life on the unceded ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking peoples. Her research explores Indigenous peoples’ endurance and resurgence in the face of settler colonialism, and she has a collaboratively-authored open access digital book based on teachings shared by the ɬaʔamin Elder Elsie Paul.
Gordon Christie, Professor at the Allard School of Law
Gordon Christie is a Professor at the Allard School of Law. Dr Christie’s research fields include Indigenous legal issues, legal theory, and tort. His ancestry is Inupiat/Inuvialuit. He will address Canadian law, e.g. Delgamuukw, as it has played out in this situation as well as the law on the duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous people and nations. He will also talk about how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples applies in this situation, including the existence of Indigenous law, generally.
Candis Callison, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism
Candis Callison is an Associate Professor at UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism where she conducts research on changes related to digital media, social movements, journalism ethics, and science and environment issues. She is a member of the Tahltan Nation. She will address mainstream media’s coverage of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and supporters and discuss alternate media coverage.
Articles suggested by our panelists
- UBC professors’ Reckoning offers a timely treatise on journalism in the midst of an Indigenous-led resistance
- Might is Not Right: A Historical Perspective on Coercion as a Colonial Strategy
- The Settler Playbook: Understanding Responses to #ShutDownCanada in Historical Context
- Kate Gunn and Bruce McIvor: The Wet’suwet’en, Aboriginal title, and the rule of law—an explainer
- Hiding Behind the Myth of One ‘Rule of Law’
- Legal divide lies behind Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest, expert says
Noted Resources from the session:
- The Fourth World – George Manuel and Michael Posluns
- Eagle Down is Our Law – Antonia Mills
- Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities – Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young
- Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers – Mark Cronlund Anderson and Carmen L. Robertson
- Media Indigena – Candis Callison, Rick Harp, Brock Pitawanakwat, Kim Tallbear, Kenneth T. Williams – https://mediaindigena.com/
- Delgamuukw Trial Transcripts – https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/delgamuukw
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