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A Subtle Revolution: What Lies Ahead for Indigenous Rights?

September 29, 2017

September 13, 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a document that Canada has endorsed and which the Trudeau government has promised to adopt and implement. The burning question looking forward is: what does implementation mean and what is required of federal, provincial and local government, political and social institutions, and civil society to make the UN Declaration a reality in Canada?

Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot’s 2016 book, "Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution" (Routledge), highlights the fundamental changes involved in Indigenous rights implementation and challenges both states and Indigenous peoples to re-formulate their relationship in accordance with its principles. Watch as Dr. Lightfoot and a distinguished panel of guests discuss her book and the implications of Indigenous rights implementation. She is joined by panelists Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Dr. Priscilla Settee, Dr. Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, and Rachel Yacaaʔał George.


Sheryl Lightfoot (PhD – University of Minnesota, Political Science) is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, enrolled at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan. She is an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science at UBC.

Sheryl is Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, with specialties in Foreign Policy and International Affairs as well as Economic and Community Development. She also has fifteen years’ volunteer and contract experience with a number of American Indian tribes and community-based organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including nine years as Chair of the Board of the American Indian Policy Center, a research and advocacy group.

Her book, "Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution," was published in May 2016 by Routledge Press in their “Worlding Beyond the West” critical international relations book series.

Sheryl is currently engaged in a SSHRC-funded project, “The Politics of State Apologies to Indigenous Peoples,” a major multi-national comparative study of state apologies to Indigenous peoples.

Presented by

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and UBC First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program


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