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Global Indigenous Conference

Friday April 1 2011

Venue: Sty-Wet-Tan, the Great Hall of the UBC First Nations Longhouse
Address: 1985 West Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Cost: Free but need to register

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The Global Indigenous Conference at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will be held on April 1st and 2nd, 2011 in Sty-Wet-Tan, the Great Hall of the UBC First Nations Longhouse in Vancouver Canada.

Indigenous and non-indigenous students at UBC have collaborated to bring together Canadian and international Indigenous activists, academics, and youth for this conference on Indigenous People’s and Globalization. A highlight of the conference will be a case study on mining and oil development within recognized Indigenous lands in Peru by Canadian and American companies.

Keynote Speaker:


DR DAVID SUZUKI, cofounder of the David Suzuki Foundation. A geneticist and broadcaster, Dr. Suzuki is well known as host of The Nature of Things and is a professor emeritus at UBC.

Dialogue with Indigenous Peruvian Activists:


KLAUS QUICQUE – Arakmbut Nation and AUGUSTO YOHAHE – Ese’eja Nation of FENAMAD, a collective of five Peruvian Indigenous groups. Moderated by MILES RICHARDSON, former President of the Haida Nation and Chief BC Treaty Commissioner.

Panels and Workshops:

The conference will include discussion panels, workshops, presentations, networking, and open dialogue on the following topics:

  • Sustainability
  • Land and Resource Rights
  • Indigenous Health
  • Self-Determination
  • Cross-Cultural Dialogue
  • Indigenous Women’s Health

To register for the event, please follow the links below. Keep in mind that it is a two-day event. This even will be recorded.
Thank you:

Day 1
Day 2


Friday Schedule:

8:00-9:20 Registration with refreshments and snacks

9:20- 9:30 Opening Remarks,

Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Linc Kesler, Director of The First Nations House of Learning UBC, Director of the First Nations Studies Program, Special Advisor to the UBC President

9:30-11:00 Indigenous Peruvian Representatives: Topic: Canadian Resource Companies Ignore Indigenous Rights Outside Canada

Moderated by Miles Richardson


Klaus Quicque- Arakmbut Nation, Vice-President of FENAMAD, a Collective of Five Indigenous Peruvian Groups

Antonio Fernandini – Translator and World Expert on the Harpy Eagle

11:00- 11:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Suzuki

11:30-12:00 Q & A

12:00- 1:00 Lunch Provided

1:00- 2:00 Self-Determination Panel

Mediated by Dr. Peter Cole, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education


Lawrence Paul Yukeleptum, Aboriginal artist/activist

Glen Coulthard, PhD, Associate Professor from the Department of Political Science at UBC

2:00- 3:00 Indigenous Health Panel

Moderated by Kerrie Charnley, Education Coordinator at UBC Institute for Aboriginal Health


Dr. Lee Brown, PhD, Director of Aboriginal Health at UBC

Eduardo Jovel, PhD, Associate Professor from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC

Lou Demerais, Director of Vancouver Native Health

Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, Physician on the Blood reserve in Standoff, Alberta

3:00- 3:10 Break

3:10- 4:10 Cross-Cultural Dialogues Panel

Moderated by Amy Perreault, Coordinator of Aboriginal Initiatives, Center of Teaching Learning and Technology


Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, PhD, Assistant Professor from the First Nations Studies Department at UBC

Pat O’Riley, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Dan Badulescu, PHD Candidate, Land and Food Systems, UBC

4:10- 5:10 Cultural Sustainability Panel

Moderated by Dr. Juanita Sundberg, Associate Professor from the Department of Geography at UBC


Lix Lopez, Representative of the UBC Mayan Gardens

Raul Gatica, Indigenous Council of Oaxaca

Representative Celia Ruiz from the Chiapas Weavers Group

5:10- 5:30 Closing Remarks

6:00 Dinner Reception at the First Nations House of Learning, Sty-Wet-Tan

Saturday Schedule:

10:00-11:30 AM Workshop 1: Peruvian Discussion Group on Action Plans

Workshop 2: Short Film by Amy Perreault “What I learned in Class Today” followed by discussion

11:30-12:00 Break: Light refreshments and snacks

12:00-1:30 Workshop 1: “Finding Our Way” Screening; Film by Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attili

Workshop 2: Discussion on Indigenous Women’s Health;  Present for discussion will be Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, Physician on the Blood Reserve as well as Dr. Farah Shroff, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine

1:30-2:00 PM Closing Remarks

Organizer: gic.ubc.2011 at

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