A Glimpse on Indigenous Traditional Territory Policy through the land disputes from the Thao people in Taiwan

November 20, 2019

In 2005, Tawan has stipulated an Indigenous Basic Law to bring rights to come true. For indigenous land rights, in the Basic Law , article 21 is concerned on the principle of free prior informed consent (FPIC)and sharing about the benefit of any developments in indigenous land. But the problemes come that where are indigenous lands that actually include conservation land and traditional territories. The former is clear but the traditional territories are still in the mapping process that is formulated by the Indigenous Council that insists these lands do not include private land. This policy triggers many pros and cons especially, indigenous people demonstrate private lands should be concerned, otherwise it is not transitional justice at all. Here the talk illustrates the case from the Thao people to see how Indigenous Traditional Territory Policy worked through disputes.


Yung-ching Lo (羅永清)   earned a Phd from the Institute of Cultural anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, where he compared the indigenous human right conditions among Taiwan and some other Austronesian countries. Before he studied abroad, he walked as secretary general in the project for indigenous mapping sponsored by the Indigenous Council for 5 years to help the Department of Geography with the field work and research process among 55 indigenous townships. He had also worked at the Thao Tribe association as a secretary to help on the reconstruction from the remains left by the 921 earthquake in the year 2000 to 2003. These two jobs made him continue to do anthropology till now.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

1:00 - 2:30pm

SFU Burnaby
Academic Quadrangle
AQ 6229
8888 University Drive, Burnaby