Conférenciers / Speakers

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan.  He is also Munk Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, for whom he manages a major project on Indigenous engagement in the natural resource economy.  In addition to a series a MLI reports on the topic, he has published widely on Indigenous-newcomer relations, Aboriginal rights and northern economic and social development.  His most recent co-authored book is From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Roadmap for All Canadians.

Kenneth Deer is a member of the Bear Clan from the Kanien’kehá:ka community of Kahnawà:ke. For the last 25 years he has worked as a political activist and has been heavily involved in the Indigenous International Movement at the United Nations in Geneva and New York. He attended most of the meetings on the development of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and organizes the Indigenous Caucus in both Geneva and New York. Mr. Deer was appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund on Indigenous Populations from 2009 to 2014. He is also a North American representative on the Indigenous Global Coordinating Group for the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. He is the former editor of The Eastern Door, an award-winning and independent newspaper serving his community.

Torvald Falch is a political scientist from the University of Oslo and a senior adviser in the Sámi Parliament (Sámediggi) in Norway. He has worked in the Sámediggi administration since 1994. Falch has worked on the management of the Sámi cultural heritage, Sámi land- and resource rights, and the establishment of procedures for consultations between state authorities and the Sámediggi. He was also part of the just finished negotiations of a Nordic Sámi Convention. He has published numerous work on Sami governance, including   “The Sámi: 25 years of Indigenous Authority in Norway” (2016)  in Ethnopolitics (with Per Selle) and “The State and the Samediggi” (2015) (In Norwegian with Per Selle) in an edited volume called Samepolitikkens utvikling (The development of the Sámi policy).

Hans-Kristian Hernes is professor in political science at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He has done research on the role of interest groups, on resource management, and the relationship between the Sami Parliament and the Norwegian state. His teaching includes Northern Governance, Environmental, Politics, Indigenous Politics, and Democratic Decision-making.

Rauna Kuokkanen is Sámi from Ohcejohka (Utsjoki), Northern Finland. She is Associate Professor of Political Science and Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto where she teaches Indigenous politics, rights and global Indigenous movements. Her book tentatively titled “Restructuring Relations: Indigenous Self-Determination and Governance in Canada, Greenland and Scandinavia,” (forthcoming in 2017) is an indigenous feminist examination of indigenous politics. She is the author of Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes and the Logic of the Gift (UBC Press, 2007) and Boaris dego eana: Eamiálbmogiid diehtu, filosofiijat ja dutkan (As Old as the Earth: Indigenous Knowledge, Philosophies and Research; ČálliidLágádus Sámi Academica Series, 2009). Her most recent publications have appeared in Routledge Handbook on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Ethnopolitics, International Feminist Journal of Politics and Human Rights Quarterly. She was the founding chair of the Sámi Youth Organization in Finland and has served as the Vice-President of the Sámi Council.

Sheryl Lightfoot is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe. Lightfoot is currently the Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics, and Associate Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia.  She is the author of Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution, published earlier this year by Routledge, which analyzes the potentially transformative impact of Indigenous rights as well as the challenges of their implementation.

Martin Papillon is Associate Professor of political science at the Université de Montréal and Director of the Centre de recherche sur les politiques et le développent social (CPDS). His recent work looks into the challenges in implementing the principle of free, prior and informed indigenous consent (FPIC) to land and resource development in the Canadian context. He has also published on Indigenous self-government and on the implementation of modern treaties, especially the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. He is the editor of Les Autochtones et le Québec: des premiers contacts au Plan Nord (Presses de l’Université de Montréal), The Global Promise of Federalism (University of Toronto Press) and State of the Federation: Aboriginal Multilevel Governance in Canada (Queen’s Institute for Intergovernmental Relations).

Thierry Rodon is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Université Laval and holds a Research Chair in Northern Sustainable Development. He is also the director of the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research (CIERA) and Études Inuit Studies. He specializes in northern policies and community development and has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities and northern institutions and leads MinErAL, an international research project on extractive industries and Indigenous livelihood.

Per Selle is a Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen and a Professor II at the University of Tromsø. He is also the leader of the Norwegian Research Council’s Sami research program. His main research themes are Sami politics, the politics of the North, voluntary organizations and civil society, and welfare state regimes. Among his recent publications in English you will find: “Sami Citizenship: Marginalization or Integration?”(2010)(with Kristin Strømsnes), Acta Borealia, Vol. 27, no.1: 66-90;“Citizenship Identity among Sami in Core Sami Areas” (2013), Citizenship Studies, volume 17, nos. 6-7: 712-727 (with Anne Julie Semb and Kristin Strømsnes);“The Sámi: 25 years of Indigenous Authority in Norway” (2016)(with Torvald Falch and Kristin Strømsnes), Ethnopolitics, volume 15, no. 1: 125-143; and “Regional Governance and Indigenous Rights in Norway: The Finnmark Estate Case”(2016). In Thora Martina Herrmann and Thibault Martin eds. Indigenous Peoples Governance of Land and Protected Territories in the Arctic. N.Y.: Springer.

Romeo Saganash is Eeyou (Cree) from Waswanipi. He is Member of Parliament for Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou since 2011. He is the first Indigenous MP elected in Quebec. In his time in office, Romeo served as New Democratic Party critic for Energy and Natural Resources, International Development, and as critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs. Among others, he recently tabled a bill to Parliament to ensure that the laws of Canada respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 1985, at the age of 23, he founded the Cree National Youth Council. Between 1990 and 1993, he was Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees and then Vice-Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority. Beginning in 1993, he was Director of Quebec Relations and International Affairs for the Grand Council of the Crees. In 2003, he received an award of recognition from UQAM for his role in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Paix des Braves, an important agreement between Quebec and the Grand Council of the Crees.