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Policy Speaker Series: Bob Watts - Complex or complicated; project development and social licence

Friday, November 3, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room: 138 Union St., room 202
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Speaker: Bob Watts, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies

This talk will examine some of the factors that need to be taken into account with almost any major project in Canada including social licence and Indigenous rights. 

Bob Watts has been involved in many major Indigenous issues in Canada over the past 20 years and led the process, with support from across Canada and internationally, to establish Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is examining and will make recommendations regarding the Indian Residential School era and its legacy. 

His current activities include working with Mediate BC to recommend ways for Aboriginal communities to respond to changes to the Canadian Human Rights Act and working on the Siting Process with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. He is an adjunct professor and fellow in the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, and a frequent speaker on Aboriginal issues.

Mr. Watts is also a former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations, served as the Chief of Staff to the Assembly of First Nations‘ National Chief Phil Fontaine, and is a former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Canada. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and fellow at the Harvard Law School. Mr. Watts is of Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and is a member of the Six Nations Reserve.

Celia Russell
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