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Injunctions Webinar: The imbalances, Indigenous injustices, and insights into reform

Webinar from Northern Confluence

10 February 2022

Join us for this webinar that will provide context and background on injunctions. Injunctions are often favourably granted by the courts against First Nations to corporations to continue to proceed with work unimpeded, and then enforced by RCMP without respect for Free, Prior and Informed Consent or Indigenous laws. In British Columbia, we have witnessed the violent arrests of Wet’suwet’en members, Gitxsan members and other land defenders as part of an injunction to ensure the construction of the Coastal Gas Link pipeline; and at Fairy Creek and surrounding areas to remove Indigenous and other land defenders blocking Teal Jones from pursuing Old Growth logging operations. In this webinar, we will wade through injunctions with our research and legal experts to examine the corporate/Indigenous imbalance, common law built up around them, conflicts with Indigenous laws and rights, and potential pathways forward out of the legal status quo.

Speakers

Dr. Irina Ceric’s academic work is grounded in her background in grassroots activism, law and organizing, and social justice lawyering. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Visitor at York University focusing on “Infrastructure Beyond Extractivism: Material Approaches to Restoring Indigenous Jurisdiction” and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She was born in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Toronto, with time spent living in Vancouver/Unceded Coast Salish Territories. 

Kris Statnyk is Gwich’in from the Vuntut Gwitchin community of Old Crow, Yukon. His wife Shawna and their children Armayah and Jackson are Gitxsan from the Lax Skiik (Eagle Clan) Wilp (House) of Sakuum Higookw. Kris practices Aboriginal law, providing legal advice, advocacy and support to Indigenous peoples and organizations over a broad range of areas including the governance and management of lands, waters, and resources; negotiation and implementation of treaties, self-government agreements and other government-to-government arrangements; and development of laws and policies.

Shiri Pasternak is an Assistant Professor in Criminology at X University in Toronto. She is the author of the award-winning book Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State. Pasternak is also the co-founder and former Research Director for the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nations-focused think tank based in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. Her current research interests involve studying the risk of Indigenous rights in the natural resource extraction economy, the impact of climate on ice roads, and abolition movements in the context of Indigenous law. 

This webinar was hosted and moderated by Kirby Muldoe of Gitxsan and Tsimshian descent, he is from the House of Wii Gyet, he also works for SkeenaWild Conservation Trust doing Indigenous Engagement work. Kirby will be joined by Nikki Skuce who lives on Wet’suwet’en territory in Smithers. She is the director of the small conservation initiative Northern Confluence, a project on MakeWay’s shared platform that advocates for land-use decisions and laws to respect Indigenous governance and adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent. 

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