Upcoming Conferences

Reframing the Issues: Emerging Questions for Métis, non-status Indian and urban Aboriginal Policy Research

79th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
Wednesday, June 2nd
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Hall Building, Room 767-00

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta and the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians will jointly host an event in conjunction with the 79th annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Montreal on June 2nd, 2010.

The full-day event is devoted to dialogue on the current state of policy research on Métis, Non-Status and urban Aboriginal people. Presentations will feature prominent scholars in the field and will be followed by a discussion among academics, policy makers and community representatives. The event will launch the new journal, aboriginal policy studies published out of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, set to release its inaugural issue in the fall of 2010.

A reception will follow.


Fred Caron Q.C., Assistant Deputy Minister, OFI
Ellen Gabriel – Moderator

Statistics - Mary Jane Norris, Consultant and Stewart Clatworthy, Four Directions Consulting
Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study - Ginger Gosnell-Myers and Michael Adams, Environics
Aboriginal Policy - Katherine Graham and Frances Abele, Carleton University
Identity - Evelyn Peters, University of Saskatchewan
Role of Institutions - David Newhouse, Trent University
Role of Law - Ian Peach, Consultant
Housing - Jino Distasio, University of Winnipeg
Women’s Issues - Carole Lévesque, INRS University of Quebec
Academic Funding Policy - Mike Evans, UBC-Okanagan
Economic Development - Charles Horn, Consultant (UVic PhD Student)
Self-Government - Yale Belanger, University of Lethbridge

There is no cost for community members.

For more details please contact Dr. Chris Andersen, University of Alberta atchris.andersen@ualberta.ca regarding the event, or Jessica Harrington at harrington@fedcan.caregarding Congress registration.

2010 Strategic Conversations Forum

March 18-19, 2010
Vancouver, British Columbia

Plans are shaping up for the 2010 Strategic Conversations Forum, March 18th and 19th at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, downtown Vancouver.

Please find the registration form attached as well as a link to more documents on the website of Aboriginl Business Service Network. The agenda will be available at the above link in the next few days. Hope you will join us.

Engaging Indigenous Communities: Resources, Rebellions, and Resurgence

August 9-13, 2010
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

This conference is being undertaken in honour of the 1850 Robinson Treaties. The vision of the Anishinabeg leaders to protect our heritage and resources while sharing with the newcomers. It is this vision that remains as relevant today as it was 160 years ago. Contact between different peoples has resulted in a multitude of responses including peaceful interactions, uneasy relations, and far too often to war and genocide. Recognizing the autonomy of nations to determine their futures, including the allocation of resources, or the lack of such recognition, has sometimes been mediated by various types of agreements and treaties. It is through access to, or exploitation of resources (i.e. human, land, forest, mineral, water, and animal), that the colonial project has had the greatest affect on Indigenous peoples and Indigenous peoples on the colonial project. Thus the focus of the conference will be on exploring Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on resources, and the moments in history (and in present day) when Indigenous peoples have fought (peacefully or otherwise) to protect those resources. It is the contemporary resurgence of Indigenous perspectives and understandings or appropriate relationships to resources that we hope informs the conference. The conference will begin on the 9th with registration and at conclude at noon on the 13th of August. 
Presentations on the following themes are encouraged with other related proposals welcome

  • How do Indigenous communities define ‘resources’?

  • How do Indigenous communities regulate/relate/engage with resources?

  • How have historical neglect, misrepresentation, misunderstandings affected Indigenous communities’ relationships with their resources?

  • How have agreements and/or treaties protected/attempted to protect resources?

  • Are treaties valid methods to protect resources?

  • How have community-university partnerships advanced Indigenous access to and/or protection of resources?

  • How have universities forwarded exploitation of Indigenous people and resources?

  • How can a relationship between the larger society and Indigenous people be shaped to benefit the environment?

Individual papers and panel submissions are welcome. Please submit a 250-350 word proposal for individual papers and 250-500 word proposal for panels. Please submit you proposals electronically by email or mail to the address below. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2010.

Contact Information :
Dr. Karl Hele, c/o Organizing Committee
Engaging Indigenous Communities: Resources, Rebellions, and Resurgence
Department of Community Economic and Social Development
Algoma University
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4