Halifax: Alton Gas, Site C, and Indigenous Consent

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30


Burke Building Auditorium A, Saint Mary's University, 923 Robie St., Halifax (Map)

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What would resource extraction and development in Canada look like if the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was implemented in Canada? This panel attempts to answer that question.

We'll hear from local experts and advocates about what UNDRIP is, how it has been contravened by projects like the Site C dam in BC and the Alton Gas project in Nova Scotia, and processes developed by Indigenous communities to give, or withhold, consent. Panelists will discuss the topic in broad terms as well as offer specific insights to ongoing projects and resistance movements.

Speakers will give opening remarks, and then discuss the topic more fluidly, followed by questions from the crowd.


PATTI DOYLE-BEDWELL Dalhousie University
Patti is a Mi’kmaq woman, lawyer and writer. She has published numerous papers on Aboriginal women, employment equity, education and leadership, and teaches Native studies from a Mi'kmaq perspective at Dalhousie.

NAIOMI METALLIC Dalhousie University
Naiomi spent ten years practicing law focusing on Indigenous issues. She recently joined the Schulich School of Law’s faculty, as she says, to “work for First Nations in a different way — through teaching, writing, and speaking about how the law can be a tool for reconciliation and improving the lives of Indigenous peoples.”

ROGER LEWIS Nova Scotia Museum
Roger is the Assistant Curator for Ethnology at the Nova Scotia Museum, and is a Nova Scotian of Mi’kmaq ancestry. He is a Mi’kmaq historian and one of the first Mi’kmaq archeologists, and has focused his attention on the historical and cultural significance of rivers in Mi'kma'ki.

The Burke Building is wheelchair accessible and can be reached by public transit. It is on the Inglis Street side of SMU campus.

This event will be livestreamed. Instructions on accessing the livestream coming soon.