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Internationally recognized Indigenous scholar coming to CNC

Russ Diabo
Russ Diabo

Russ Diabo, an intern an internationally-recognized Indigenous scholar focused on the Indian Act, First Nations governance, and the Crown /Indigenous reconciliation negotiations will be speaking at the College of New Caledonia March 11.

Diabo has been a policy advisor for many years at the Assembly of First nations and now serves in that role for the Algonquin Nation Secretariat, and is Senior Policy Advisor to the Algonquin Wolf Lake First Nation. His is editor and publisher of an online newsletter on First Nations political and legal issues, entitled The First Nations Strategic Bulletin.

Diabo is a member of the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake and part of the Defenders of the Land Network. His talk at CNC will cover Prime Minister Trudeau’s record on Indigenous peoples’ rights, and a discussion on the needs of Indigenous communities and Nations to develop self-determination plans to implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The talk, hosted by the CNC faculty association, is part of a speakers series organized by the Federation of Post Secondary Educators BC in promoting and disseminating its publication Whose Land is it Anyway?: A Manual for Decolonization

(https://fpse.ca/sites/default/files/news_files/Decolonization%20Handbook.pdf ).

The talk will be held at the CNC Gathering Place on Monday, March 11.

Attendance to the event is free with a pre-talk reception starting at 6 p.m. at Diabo’s talk at 7 p.m.

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