LIRR Digest – May 25, 2015

Hello to all those seeking to uphold indigenous rights,

Learn more about how you can do that, by registering now for a free webinar on the hot topic of Free, Prior and Informed Consent on June 17 – 7 – 8:30 pm EST (Toronto) –  that’s starting at 4 pm in BC, 5 pm in AB and SK, 6 pm in MB, and 8 pm in the Maritimes.  All you need is a good internet connection –  you will get a link to connect, and will be able to submit questions and comments through a chat box.  It’s easy and promises to be informative. .  It will be recorded so if you can’t make the webinar that evening, you can watch it later.

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC)
This webinar is presented by the Living Into Right Relations Network, in partnership with EDGE.

Webinar Description:  Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) is mentioned several times in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  What does it mean? How is it applied in Canada in relationship to resource development and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit?  How does it relate to the Duty to Consult?  Is it only ‘aspirational’? What are the issues that are arising?  How can ‘settler peoples” stand in solidarity (e.g. responsible investment) with First Peoples in upholding FPIC?

John Dillon will provide an overview of the concept of FPIC, and together our presenters will explore the questions posed.  Barbara Wilson, acting as moderator, will also speak to issues that Haida Nation and other BC First Nations are facing, particularly in respect to the Northern Gateway pipeline.  Gkisedtanamoogk will bring the perspective of his Wanabaki people in relation to fracking in New Brunswick.

In preparation, you might want to read:

And listen to:

A collection of voices on “free prior and informed consent” from a Symposium on May 20, 2015 in Ottawa co-sponsored by KAIROS.


John-Dillon  John Dillon studied philosophy and theology in London, Ontario before working as a researcher for the Canadian churches on social, economic and ecological issues since 1973. John initially co-ordinated the GATT-Fly project on international trade issues which was later renamed the Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice with a wider mandate. John is currently Co-ordinator for the Ecological Economy program at KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives where he also co-ordinates KAIROS work on Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

gk  gkisedtanamoogk is Wampanoag from the community of Mashpee located on Cape Cod south of Boston, Massachusetts; he is a family member of Nkeketonseonqikom, the Longhouse of the Otter, and married with three Children. His interests pertain to the social, political, legal and spiritual Life of Wabanaki Nations. He is currently one of five Commissioners on the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and an Adjunct Instructor and lecturer with the Native American Studies and the Peace and Reconciliation Programs on the Orono campus of the University of Maine since 2005.  He engages many activities of advocacy and interest to Indigenous Peoples including cross-border issues, the Wabanaki Confederacy, and building cross-cultural relationships.

Barbara Wilson is currently serving as interim chair of the United Church Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools.  She is from Haida Gwaii, and currently holds a fellowship as an education Masters student at  Simon Fraser University involved in the project in Skidegate “Educating/mobilizing communities in a changing climate: Initiating action on Haida Gwaii” with the Council of the Haida Nation and other researchers.


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