HIP Announcement: PUBLIC LECTURE: Aboriginal Rights as Economic Rights: Whose land is Canada selling? November 24, 2016, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Aboriginal Rights as Economic Rights: Whose land is Canada selling?Thursday, November 24, 2016, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ignat Kaneff Building, Room 2027


Arthur Manuel

This talk will canvas the role Aboriginal rights play in the political economy of Canada today. Though often framed as human rights, Aboriginal rights are rarely considered as economic rights, despite the incredible power Indigenous peoples have to assert jurisdiction and sovereignty over their lands in the face of development and settler encroachment. With every tentative Supreme Court of Canada victory for Indigenous peoples in the recognition of their title and rights, there is a parallel flurry of activity within the business community. These parallel landscapes – legal and business – must be examined together in the context of the “new relationship” pedaled today by the Liberal government. Manuel will also discuss the amicus curiae submissions that were accepted by the WTO and NAFTA based on international trade law regarding subsidies that alleged Canada is unfairly benefitting from their lack of recognition of Indigenous proprietary rights to the land.
All are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

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