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CIC Saskatoon: The Front Lines of Reconciliation? Global Perspectives on Indigenous Engagement with the Natural Resource Economy

October 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm MDT


CIC-Saskatoon presents the inimitable and entertaining Ken Coates as he sheds light on the conflict between respecting local populations and the development of natural resources.

Indigenous concepts of territory and self-determination have long been in conflict with the national and international imperatives of resource development. This clash of expectations and aspirations is captured in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which speaks directly to the Indigenous demand that there be “free, prior and informed consent” before projects proceed on their lands. In some countries and with some companies, major transitions underway, with consultation and engagement with the resource companies resulting in financial compensation and substantial employment opportunities. This presentation reviews the state of Indigenous engagement in the natural resource economy, highlighting Canadian Indigenous and corporate developments. With Indigenous peoples seeking opportunities for both wealth creation and environmental control on their lands, the convergence of Indigenous aspirations and the development process have created oppor tunities for reconciliation and engagement.

6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Dinner with the speaker
7:40 pm Doors open to the public
8:00 pm Public presentation begins

Speaker’s biography

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Ken brings his experience in East Asia and around the circumpolar world to bear on his understanding of Canada’s strengths and weaknesses. Ken combines irreverence, insight and a sense of humour in his conversations about the issues that matter most to Canadians. Ken Coates is a rare public commentator who brings deep understanding of past and present realities together with compelling ideas about Canada’s future. His passionate and highly engaging talks have captivated diverse audiences across the country, from college administrators and economic development officers to aboriginal entrepreneurs and community activists.


Two ways to register by Eventbrite:

[1] Presentation only – 8 pm – free
[2] Dinner with the speaker at 6 pm, followed by presentation.
Students – $20 per plate
All other CIC members – $25 per plate
Nonmembers – $30 per plate

If joining for dinner, payment by credit card (deadline: October 13, 4:00 p.m.). Dinner registrants will be expected to pay even if they cannot or do not attend. Persons with dinner reservations who cannot attend are encouraged to find someone else to take their place.

For more information, contact: saskatoon@thecic.org


October 16, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm MDT
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Saskatoon Club
417 21st Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C5 Canada
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CIC Saskatoon Branch