Global Awakening: Indigenous Rights in Canada and the World

March 16, 2015

The University of Toronto United Nations Society and U of T Pre-Law Society are delighted to prevent their conference Global Awakening: Indigenous Rights in Canada and the World in partnership with the Hart House Social Justice Committee, the Department of Political Science and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Institute for Indigenous Health.


We are delighted to three fantastic keynotes:

  • Dawn Harvard: Interim President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • John Ralston Saul: author of The Comeback, A Fair Country, and The Collapse of Globalism. President of Pen International and Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
  • Lee Maracle: Traditional Teacher in Residence at U of T, 2013 recipient of the Premier’s Individual Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts, and author of Ravensong.

The conference will also have three panels of professors, government officials, and academics:

  • Aboriginal Rights and Politics in Canada
  • Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and International Law
  • Indigenous Health

Our panelists include:

  • Carolyn Bennett, MD: MP for St. Paul’s, Aboriginal Affairs Critic, and Chair of the Liberal Women’s Caucus
  • Professor Peter Russell: previously President of the Canadian Political Science Association and Chair of the Research Advisory committee to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
  • Professor Jeff Reading: Interim Director of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Institute for Indigenous Health and inaugural TransCanada Pipelines Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing.
  • Professor Cyndy Baskin: Chair of Ryerson University’s Aboriginal Education Council and Vice-President of the Native Women’s Centre of Toronto.

For full details, check out our conference website , RSVP on Facebook and Eventbrite.

We are grateful for the support of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, the International Relations Program, the University of St. Michael’s College, the Political Science Department, the Canadian Studies Program, the Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies, the History Department, the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto Model United Nations, and North American Model United Nations.

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