2012 Global Indigenous Conference, UBC, May 5-6, oil pipeline issues and more. Miles Richardson keynote speaker.

The 2012 Global Indigenous Conference will be held at University of British Columbia (UBC) on May 5 and 6, 2012 in Sty-Wet-Tan, the Great Hall of the UBC First Nations Longhouse in Vancouver Canada. Download poster (gic2012posterfinal-1). Official website http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/gic/.

In light of recent initiatives by the Federal and Provincial Governments to ship crude oil from British Columbia’s coast, this year’s theme will be “Uniting Nations, Taking Action: Aboriginal Perspectives on Sustainability, Development and Cultural Determination.”

This will be explored through four key areas: environmental impacts, Aboriginal title and legal sovereignty, cultural self-determination, and sustainable development. During the second day, the plenary, there will be a focus on community collaboration and developing next steps on standing together against the exploitation of unceded Indigenous land.

This is an opportunity to raise awareness about an issue that impacts us all and foster an inter-generational dialogue between youth, community members and academics. The purpose of this event is to create a space for voices to be heard, create networking opportunities and generate ideas that will translate into action.

Please join us at this free conference, that includes food, in learning more about our rights and responsibilities as the caretakers of this land. Seats are limited so register now!

May 5th 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM: http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/view/1569

May 6th 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM: http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/view/1573

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