Whose Nation? Navigating a New Era in Crown‑Indigenous Relations
Indigenous communities have long sought political recognition and nationhood, but only recently have the affairs and governance of Canadian Indigenous peoples been recognized for containing some of the most pressing policy questions of our time, including questions about water governance, health practices, and self-determination. In May 2016, Canada officially removed its objector status to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, indicating the Crown’s intention to reset its relationship with Canadian Indigenous peoples. A new relationship, created on the principles of Nation to Nation governance, must be supported by a strong policy framework. In the coming years, Indigenous and Crown leaders will navigate through law and policy to determine how to address issues concerning resources, identity, autonomy and culture. This discussion focuses on some of the obstacles and opportunities decision-makers face as they try to reform our system of governance.
About the speaker
Mr. Paul is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Taking direction from the Atlantic Chiefs through frequent All Chiefs Forums and Executive Chiefs Meetings, Mr. Paul provides policy analysis and strategic advice on a wide range of policy issues facing First Nations in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec. The APC Secretariat’s mandate is to research, analyze and develop alternatives to federal policies affecting its member First Nation communities.
Mr. Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from Cape Breton University in 1980 and received his Master of Public Administration in Financial Management from Halifax’s Dalhousie University in 1982. A strong and dedicated advocate for First Nations, Mr. Paul has worked toward positive change for First Nations communities in diverse policy areas for more than 30 years.
Mr. Paul plays a strategic role in his efforts to liaise between government and First Nations communities. He provides ongoing policy support and advice on First Nations issues in the areas of social wellbeing, health, housing and infrastructure, education, and economic development. His work includes negotiation and advocacy on key priority measures related to the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans), INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada), Health Canada, and other federal agencies.
Cheryl is a proud Mi’kmaq woman from Epekwitk, with extensive experience in community-based policy development. She completed her B.A. in Native Studies from the University of Lethbridge and her LL. B from the University of Victoria. She also studied Maori law and comparative Indigenous studies in New Zealand.
After briefly practicing law, Cheryl worked as manager of Governance Advisory Services with a national organization. She worked with First Nation communities across the country, assisting in developing governance models based on traditional systems.
Cheryl is currently Policy and Operations manager for Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn, a Treaty rights implementation organization. She lives with her husband and their two children in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Dr. Ingrid Waldron is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University. Her research has focused on the impacts of discrimination on health in Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities; the impacts of gentrification and other determinants of health in the Black community in the North End of Halifax; intimate partner violence experienced by culturally diverse women; and protective factors preventing the entry of Black, Indigenous, and immigrant children into state care. Dr. Waldron’s ENRICH Project is investigating the social, economic, political and health effects of environmental racism in African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities. Her first book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities was recently released.
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About the series
Policy Matters is a weekly panel discussion on major policy issues presented by the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Each discussion features thought leaders from civil society and focuses on one of the Institute's four research themes – Civic Engagement, Atlantic Canada and the World, Health Systems and Governance and Smart Infrastructure. Held each Tuesday from September 11 to November 6, the discussions take place in room 1011 of the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building at Dalhousie, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. The events are designed to encourage public engagement with local, national and international policy issues and are open to the public.
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