Canada 150 Conference forms part of a continental outreach initiative which two previous events have already taken place at Universidad Central de Chile and Université du Québec à Montreal (UQÀM)
First Event: “Conference on the State, Mining and Indigenous Peoples: Experiences in Chile, Canada and New Zealand. The Standards of the Inter-American System of Human Rights”
Location: Universidad Central de Chile, Sala Rojo, Campus Gonzalo Hernández, Lord Cochrane Street 417
Indigenous peoples and mining. The model of relationship with communities to reduce the risk of mining investment in Chile; Extractive Industries and Protection of Indigenous Territories and Natural Resources in Canada or the Treaty of Waitangi and the Protection of Natural Resources on Indigenous Lands in New Zealand, were topics forming part of the discussion during this seminar. François Larocque, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, valued this high-level meeting since it allowed sharing experiencesto protect the rights of indigenous peoples on the American continent. This meeting generated an insightful discussion which brought to the conclusion that if the inter-American system led to the development of a transnational jurisprudence, this one that could be shared by the peoples of the whole continent.
This seminar was organized by the Human Rights Program of the Faculty of Law, Universidad Central de Chile, which convened leading Canadian scholars with the objective to reflect on the legal status of indigenous peoples within the framework of the states in which they live. The reflection touched specifically upon mining projects that may affect their territories. The activity was attended by the Deputy Minister of Mining, Erich Schnake Walker; And François Larocque, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. The session was presided by the academic authorities of the UCEN, headed by the President of the Honorable Board of Directors, Ricardo Napadensky Bauzá; the University President Santiago González Larraín; Emilio Oñate Vera, Dean of the Faculty of Law; And Karen Kanzúa Arancibia, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
This academic activity was carried out within the framework of the international agreement between the Universities of Ottawa and Universidad Central de Chile, and was supported by the Canadian Embassy.
Second Event: “The Inter-American System, Canada and the Women’s Rights “
Location: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
This Second Conference was held on May 31 at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The Conference was also available via videoconference at the University of Ottawa. As part of a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), The Université du Québec à Montréal and the Faculty of Common Law of the University of Ottawa in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Center for International Development Research and Society (CIRDIS) and the International Human Rights Clinic (ICIDDHU), organized a workshop moderated by Mirja Trilsch (UQAM). She received Bernard Duhaime (UQAM), Anne Levesque (University of Ottawa), Lucie Lamarche (UQAM) and Élise Hansbury (UQAM) as guest panelists.