2 May 2017 - 4:30am to 5 May 2017 - 6:00pm

David Strong Building, University of Victoria, B.C.

Organized by 2015 Trudeau fellow and ethnobotanist Nancy Turner, the symposium “Indigenous peoples’ land rights and the roles of ethnoecology and ethnobotany” will take place at the University of Victoria from 2 to 5 May 2017. Participants will discuss new directions for land and resource planning and decision-making in British Columbia, across Canada and beyond.

The symposium will examine the trends and potential for recognizing land-use and occupancy as more than provision of economic opportunities, but rather as reflections of Indigenous peoples’ traditional ecological knowledge, and their fundamental and longstanding connections to the plants and habitats of their homelands. Treaties and treaty negotiations, land and resource use deliberations, traditional management and governance systems, existing policy and legislation, the role of education, and the concepts of social justice, health and well-being, food sovereignty and sustainability, all in the context of peoples’ relationships with plants and places, will be discussed.

Scholars Aaron Mills, Rebeccah Nelems, Zoe Todd and 2003 fellow James Tully will be part of the conference.

Detailed program here

Nancy Turner

Professor Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist whose expertise spans the fields of botany, linguistics, anthropology, and law.

2015 Fellows

Aaron Mills

Aaron is examining the Anishnaabe legal tradition and how a revival of Indigenous legal orders will help Canadians to better understand Aboriginal issues.

2014 Scholars

Rebeccah Nelems

Rebeccah Nelems (sociology and cultural, social and political thought, University of Victoria) is studying empathy in young people and how it affects their concept of responsible citizenship, their civic engagement, and their social interactions.

2015 Scholars

Zoe Todd

Zoe is examining the impact of mining development in the Northwest Territories on women's subsistence fishing

2011 Scholars

James Tully

Professor Tully is an expert in the field of contemporary political and legal theory and its history, and in Canadian political and legal philosophy.

2003 Fellows