The University of North Dakota School of Law Northern Plains Indian Law Center will host a lecture by distinguished speaker and UND Law Professor James Grijalva.
Grijalva will present a lecture titled Aboriginal Human Rights Mired in the Canadian Tar Sands. The lecture is free and open to the public.
At 11:45 a.m., Professor Grijalva will participate in a book signing of his book titled Closing the Circle: Environmental Justice in Indian Country. His book analyzes how an anomalous confluence of federal environmental, administrative and Indian law exacerbates environmental injustice in Indian country, but also offers its most promising solution. The book signing will also be in Baker Courtroom.
At 12:15 p.m., Grijalva’s lecture will highlight one indisputable legacy of natural resource development in the industrialized world - the injustice for indigenous peoples. Specifically he will discuss a current and compelling example of Canada’s exploitation of northern Alberta’s vast bitumen sands. The frenetic development, conducted with little more than lip service to the constitutional and human rights of Canada's First Nations and aboriginal communities, call into question Canada's professed commitment to aboriginal reconciliation and preserving the "hounour of the Crown."