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Aboriginal and Northern Studies Research Conference

05/12/2008 8:00 am
05/14/2008 5:00 pm

The University College of the North is pleased to announce the call for papers for KISKISIWIN: REMEMBERING STORIES AND HISTORIES, its 3rd annual Aboriginal and Northern Studies Research Conference. The conference will be held in Thompson, Manitoba from Monday, May 12 to Wednesday, May 14, 2008. The goals of this conference are: (1) to provide an opportunity for a community of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars and researchers to share and advance knowledge of the history and development of the North; (2) to explore the historical background and context for current issues in the North; and (3) to inform and strengthen our collective incentive to promote positive change in areas affecting northern communities and peoples in Canada and throughout the world.

The organising committee invites proposals for presentations on all topics of relevance to the history of the North. It is anticipated that selected papers will be published as a compilation of conference proceedings. Proposals for both individual and panel presentations are welcome. We especially encourage presentations which express and discuss critical approaches and which demonstrate active participation in, and collaboration with, northern and Aboriginal communities and peoples. Presentations may take the form of a 20-minute paper and 10-minute question period; performance pieces, videos and other non-traditional approaches are also encouraged.

2008 is the 100th anniversary of several milestones in the history of northern Manitoba, including adhesions to Treaty Five by several First Nations; completion of a rail line to The Pas; and construction of lighthouses at Warren’s Landing, near Norway House. Topics related to treaties and land use and to developments in northern transportation are therefore especially encouraged. Other possible areas include, but are not restricted to, indigenous research perspectives; oral histories and methodologies; social, political and cultural developments; economic and community development; indigenous knowledge; northern and Aboriginal identity; gender and queer issues; justice and conflict resolution; and health and wellness.

To be considered, an abstract or paper must be received no later than February 12, 2008.

The abstract or title page must include the name, affiliation, email address and telephone number of the principal presenter and names of co-presenters/co-authors. A brief biography of each author/presenter should be attached.

Electronic submissions, in PDF file format, should be sent as an attachment to an email to . Fax submissions should be sent to (204) 677-6589, attn. S. Barber.

Submissions by mail should be sent to:

S. Barber, University College of the North
504 Princeton Drive
Thompson, MB R8N 0A5

Further details and on-line registration for the conference will be available at (2008 conference link).


The Power of Traditional Use Studies in British Columbia

04/23/2008 9:00 am
04/26/2008 5:00 pm

Traditional use studies have been underway in many British Columbia aboriginal communities for over a decade. These studies have been applied in a wide range of contexts, from the more common referral response support, to the establishment of boundaries and working overlap agreements between neighbouring First Nations, to their use in proactive land use planning (at local and strategic levels), to demonstrating use and occupancy in the context of aboriginal title litigation and specific claims. The papers in this session will draw on specific cases of how these studies have been conducted and how they have been used, to critically examine the power of traditional use studies in the dynamic of aboriginal relations with the state, and between and within individual aboriginal communities.

Northwest Anthropological Conference
Victoria, BC (Marriott Hotel, downtown)
23th-26th April, 2008

NWAC includes anthropological research in northwestern North America, and the research of Pacific Northwest anthropologists working elsewhere in the world. Presentations are usually scheduled as 20 minute presentations (including questions).

Registration costs

Regular: $85.00 Canadian
Student: $45.00 Canadian

Michael Cross: Free Our Data campaign presentation

04/02/2008 12:00 pm

On Wednesday April 2nd the BCS Geospatial Specialist Group is hosting a presentation by Michael Cross on the Free Our Data campaign which seeks to make the data collected by government-funded and approved agencies, available for use for free. The campaign asserts that charging for this data 'restricts innovation and artificially restricts the number and variety of organisations that can offer services based on that most useful data - which our taxes have helped to collect.' Michael will be explaining the rationale behind, and taking questions about, the sometimes controversial campaign, now in its third year.

Michael Cross is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian. He has worked as a journalist on seven continents, spending most of his time nowadays in the UK, exploring the intimate labyrinths of government IT and information policy. He is joint founder of the Free Our Data campaign, and is a member of the National Union of Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers and the British Computer Society.

NB This event is free, but registration is required. See for more information.


Communities In Jeopardy Public Dialogue

03/31/2008 7:00 pm
03/31/2008 9:00 pm

Location: ICBC Concourse, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St.
Cost: Free of charge, but seating is limited, so please register in advance at or at the door starting at 7 pm.

This public dialogue on communities, nature, and climate change will feature brief presentations on climate-induced ecosystem shifts, and offer the public an opportunity to engage with experts and each other on the challenges we face adapting to climate change and possible solutions.

Jon O'Riordan, former senior BC Deputy Minister; ACT policy author
Stewart Cohen, senior researcher, Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada; contributing author, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Donna Barnett, Mayor, 100 Mile House District; Vice-Chair, Cariboo-Chilcotin Pine Beetle Coalition
Dawn Morrison, Coordinator, Provincial Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Gary Zorn, Proprietor, Eco-Tours BC

Mark Winston, Academic Director and Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

About ACT
SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) is a new initiative that aims to help government, industry and communities develop policy options and sustainable responses to climate change. This event kicks off the first in a series of eight sessions in which a cross section of thought leaders from industry, academia, government, communities, NGOs and First Nations from across Canada will be brought together to examine climate change, its impacts on communities and industry, and viable policy responses.

For more information contact:
Michelle Harper
Administrative Assistant, ACT