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Indigenous Worldviews, Indigenous Law Revitalization & Self-determination as Critical Responses to Climate and Nature Emergency

March 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - March 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm


part of the PWIAS Catalyst Program

Panel Discussion with Dr. Robert Clifford, Allard Law School and Dr. Jocelyn Stacey, Allard Law School
Moderated by Dr. Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Emeritus College Cohort

Robert Clifford will highlight how the project of Indigenous law revitalization and the reality of climate crisis necessarily interact, so that Indigenous theories and methodologies for Indigenous law revitalization and diagnoses and approaches to climate crisis mitigation are intricately intertwined and mutually reflective. Guiding this project are W̱SÁNEĆ understandings of place and relationship with the more-than-human world, which is a valuable source of wisdom and practice in re-imagining relationships and place within the world, and alternatives to the ‘Anthropocene’.

Jocelyn Stacey will discuss the critical connection between the climate emergency-disaster response-and Indigenous self-determination through sharing the story of her research with the Tsilhqot’in National Government, which emerged from the 2017 wildfires that at the time broke wildfire records in BC. That wildfire response highlighted how provincial and federal responses to emergencies fail to recognize and support the exercise of Indigenous jurisdiction. This story emphasizes how and why Indigenous self-determination needs to lead responses to the climate and nature emergency.


March 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
March 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS)
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