General Event
Professor Pam Palmater to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights
Nov 2, 2017 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Kinsella Auditorium, Fredericton, NB, Canada
The Atlantic Human Rights Centre (AHRC) invites you to the 2017 Vigod Memorial Lecture on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with Professor Pam Palmater on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kinsella Auditorium. 
Professor Palmater raises concerns that “the current national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls is the result is decades of hard work and advocacy of Indigenous women’s groups, families, communities and experts. Yet despite the launch of the national inquiry, it has been plagued with delays and growing concerns that it cannot get to the truth under its current structure and terms of reference.” She further explains “shining a light on the dark places in Canadian society that have allowed this crisis to continue requires more than a historical overview of colonization - it requires a human rights framework which exposes the many ways in which the human rights of Indigenous women and girls have been denied, its impacts and remedies.”
Professor Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She is the former spokesperson, organizer and educator for the Idle No More movement and currently holds the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She has 4 university degrees, including a BA from St. Thomas with a double major in History and Native Studies; an LLB from UNB, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law from Dalhousie University specializing in Indigenous law.
Professor Palmater has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 25 years on a wide range of issues like poverty, housing, education, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. She has worked as a human rights investigator at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and worked collaboratively with human rights organizations like Canadian Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International on Indigenous issues.
She has been recognized with many awards for her social justice and human rights advocacy on behalf of First Nations generally including the 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice; Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s 2013 Top 5 Most Influential Lawyer in the Human Rights category; Margaret Mead Award in Social Justice 2016; J. S. Woodsworth Woman of Excellence Award in Human Rights 2016; and an Alumni Award of Distinction 2015 and honorary Doctorate of Laws from UNB 2016.


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