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Participation of Indigenous Peoples in the UNDRIP Implementation in Canada  
Prospects and Challenges in Light of Parallel International Law

Keynote Speaker: Sara Mainville, Legal counsel, Strategic advisor and Negotiator, Olthius Kleer Townshend LLP

“UNDRIP: The Four Pillars that will lead to fulfilling Legal Obligations within Treaty relationships with Indigenous Peoples in Canada”


Panel 1

Prospects for Indigenous Peoples Self-determination in UNDRIP

Chair: Professor Amar Bhatia, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Anna Flaminio, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta, “Using a kinship model in UNDRIP for Criminal Justice Reform”

Tracey Coates, Coordinator, Aboriginal Studies and Long-Term Appointment Professor, University of Ottawa, “Leveraging the UNDRIP & TRC calls to action in praxis: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Post-Secondary Education”

Risa Schwartz, “Trade, Indigenous Peoples rights and Environmental Law”, International Law Practitioner


Panel 2

Exploring UNDRIP’s connection with other International Instruments and Norms

Chair: Professor Maggie Quirt, Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Department of Equity Studies, York University

Patricia Galvao, A/Professor of Law, University of Windsor, “Integrating UNDRIP in Canadian Climate Action: Discourse versus Practice”

Mohammad Hasan, PhD candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, “Can SDG Framework Embolden Canada Implementing UNDRIP?”

Alexandra Harrington, 2018 - 2019 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Global Governance, “Governing the Sustainable Development Goals: Lessons from Governance Issues Relating to the UNDRIP”

Basil Ugochukwu, Research Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation “Implementing UNDRIP in Canada: Any Role for Corporations?”


Panel 3

Sustaining Cultural and Socio-Economic connections with UNDRIP’s Implementation

Chair: Katherine Lofts, Managing and Research Director, Nomomente Institute

Paul-Emile McNab, Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business “The Aboriginal Relations Program and UNDRIP-Opportunities for Strategic Linkages”

Jenna Davidson, Msc (cand), York University, “Intangible Cultural Heritage in Planning and Policy”

Oluwatobiloba Moody, Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation “Canada’s Indigenous Intellectual Property: Advancing Domestic Norms through Progressive Trade”

Daniel Dylan, Assistant Professor of Law, Lakehead University, “Implementing UNDRIP Article 31 in Canada”


Alexandra Harrington

Amar Bhatia

Anna Flaminio

Basil Ugochukwa

Danial Dylan

Jenna Davidson

Katherine Lofts

Konstantia Koutouki

Maggie Quirt

Marsha S. Cadogan

Mohammad Hasan

Oluwatobiloba Moody

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald

Patricia Galvao

Paul-Emile McNab

Risa Schwartz

Sara Mainville

Tracey Coates

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