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2018 Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker Series - Natan Obed [image]

Considering Canada’s Renewed Relationship With Indigenous Peoples Through the Rights-based Lens of Inuit Self-determination

Natan Obed
President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Abstract: The Canadian federal government seeks reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and has promised many different legislative, policy, and program reforms. Inuit, along with First Nations and Metis, are recognized under section 35 of the constitution and exercise these rights through an Inuit democracy that spans from the community level to the international level. The practical, political, and visionary aspects of how Inuit are self-determining our space within this time of reconciliation will be discussed.

Tuesday March 6, 2018
4:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202, 138 Union Street
Queen's University, Kingston

Natan Obed is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit. He is originally from Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador’s Nunatsiavut region, and now lives in Ottawa. For 10 years he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. He has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well being of Inuit in Canada.

All Are Welcome.  There will be a reception following the talk.


About the Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker Series

The Margie and Tom Courchene Endowment Fund was established to create a permanent Speakers Series in the School of Policy Studies, to be known subsequently as the Tom Courchene Distinguished Speakers Series. It continues the tradition that Tom established, as the inaugural director for the School of Policy Studies, to serve as a bridge between the academic and professional policy communities, engaging faculty, students, policymakers, politicians and other opinion leaders, in discussion on major policy issues.

The Fund will support the costs associated with bringing eminent academics and public policy experts to Queen’s University campus, with a minimum of 33 percent of each year’s annual expenditures dedicated to a major public lecture and other events relating to Indigenous Policy and Governance, a policy field in which Tom has become increasingly engaged in recent years.

2015 - "What Do We Do About the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools?"

March 27, 2015,  11:45 am - 1:15 pm   
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King Street. W, Kingston, ON 

The Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair

Commissioner and Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba

The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair was appointed Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which looks at those affected by the Indian Residential School system, in June 2009. He was Manitoba's first Aboriginal Judge and the second Aboriginal judge in Canada. He was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in March of 1988 and to the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba in January 2001, and Co-Commissioner, along with Court of Queen's Bench Associate Chief Justice A. C. Hamilton, of Manitoba's Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. In 2000, Justice Sinclair completed the Report of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest, into the deaths of 12 children in the pediatric cardiac surgery program of Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre in 1994. He was awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement award in addition to many other community service awards, as well as 8 Honorary Degrees for his work in the field of Aboriginal justice. 



2015 Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker, Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair