Rewriting the Rules
The reclaiming of Indigenous rights after a long period of colonization has, in many communities, prompted a deep reevaluation of governance and decision-making roles and authorities -- to the point that some Indigenous communities have written and ratified their own constitutions based on traditional knowledge and practices. Kilslaay Kaajii Sding Miles Richardson (Haida) and K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett (Haíɫzaqv) share the experiences of two nations who are leading the way in rewriting the rules to protect their territories and take control of their destinies. Tara Williamson, a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and a senior researcher at the Indigneous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria, will moderate this inspiring discussion.
In 1995, he was appointed a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission; in 1998, Miles was chosen as its Chief Commissioner and served in that role until 2004. In 2007, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.