Monday, November 18, 2019
1-2:30pm, Macdonald Hall, room 201

Dr. Pamela Palmater, Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University

Topic: There Can Be No Reconciliation in Canada without Addressing Genocide

Dr. Palmater addresses the historical context leading up to the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls – both in terms of sexualized and racialized genocide and the advocacy of Indigenous women and their allies in getting the inquiry -- and the role international human rights treaty bodies served in securing the inquiry and their involvement as independent experts and overseers as Canada moves into a transitional justice phase to end genocide. Truth and justice come before  reconciliation, and until Canada ends genocide and makes reparations to the victims, reconciliation cannot truly start.

Speaker biography:
Dr. Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor, author, and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She has four university degrees, including a BA from St. Thomas in Native Studies, an LLB from University of New Brunswick, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law from Dalhousie University specializing in Indigenous law. She currently holds the position of Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.