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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
December 6, 2016
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Indigenous Rights and Social Justice Research Group

The Indigenous Rights and Social Justice Research Group (IRSJ) is a group of faculty, students, and community members with a common interest in researching the psychosocial, political, cultural, and spiritual determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous peoples. Our mission is to advance social justice through collaborative knowledge construction, dissemination, and community engagement. We, as Indigenous and non-Indigenous members, work with a consciousness of Canada’s colonial history, sensitivity to Indigenous methodologies, and honouring of Indigenous voice. As researchers and citizens we collaborate with local, regional and international Indigenous organizations to advance understanding, within the dominant society, of colonial trauma and Indigenous rights and to collectively work to promote wellbeing and social justice.

Activity Update:

We are very pleased to announce our upcoming conference, "Rise of the Fourth World: The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights" to be held June 11th-13th in Waterloo, Ontario, including the free public forum: "Resource Governance: Indigenous Rights in a Global Economy".

The conference is bringing together Indigenous leaders and Indigenous rights scholars from around the world. Conference participants will have an opportunity to meet and hear presentations by Ovide Mercredi (Canada), Luis Vittor (Peru), Roger Maaka (New Zealand), Sven Roald Nysto (Norway), Commissioner Wilton Littlechild (Canada), José Aylwin (Chile), and Rodolfo Stavenhagen (Mexico).

The conference is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders and scholars to gather and dialogue on the uptake and impact of UNDRIP and to reflect on critical issues of rights and responsibilities. The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel presentations with time for networking and thematic dialogue. Significantly, June 13th has been set aside for participants to work together on policy and to discuss international research collaboration and the PAIR-GN.

Registration is $175 for faculty and $100 for students and community members. Registration includes continental breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments on both the 11th and 12th of June. Registration will close on June 1st, 2014. To register, please go to the link below and scroll down to "Rise of the Fourth World Conference".