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The chair of the organizing
committee for the workshop, Jeremy Webber, circulated a draft paper in
mid-summer that a) reviewed ways in which consent is invoked as a foundation
for political community; b) identified tensions and ambiguities in consent;
c) introduced similar tensions in the context of indigenous/non-indigenous
relations; and d) explored possible ways of reconceiving the issues to
capture what may be valuable but shed what is misleading in the invocation
of consent. The paper was designed to help focus presenters papers
and workshop discussion on a set of critical questions.
The conference began with the conference dinner, at 6 pm on the evening of Friday, October 1. Following the main course, John Borrows and Jeremy Webber discussed the purpose of and aspirations for the conference.
There was a
session of the Victoria Colloquium on Political, Social and Legal Theory
on Friday afternoon, delivered by Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Lincoln Professor
of Native American Law and Ethics, Arizona State University on the topic:
"Acknowledging the Past to Heal the Future: The Role of Reparations
for Native Nations."
John Borrows, Law, UVic: "Human Agency, Treaty and Political Theories of Consent"
Moore, Political Studies, Queens: "Political Legitimacy
and Indigenous People"
11:00am-12:45pm SESSION 2:
and Cultural Syncretism in Relations between Indigenous
Glen Coulthard, PhD
candidate in Political Science, University of Toronto: "Culture,
Consent, and the State in the Struggles of Indigenous Peoples for Recognition
and Self-Determination: Social Constructivism and the Politics of Critique"
Janna Promislow, PhD candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School and Exec Director, Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta:: "Trading on Pity: An Exploration of Intersocietal Normativity inRelations Between Cree and Hudson's Bay Company Traders in the Eighteenth Century"
Turner, Government and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College:
"Word Warriors and Wisdomkeepers: The Politics of Indigenous Consent"
12:45-2:00pm LUNCH (provided on location)
The Foundations of Political Community in Indigenous Societies
Paul Chartrand, Law,
University of Saskatchewan: "Nationhood among the Mechif and
Cree of southern Manitoba"
Val Napoleon, PhD
candidate in Law and History, UVic: "Living Together: Gitksan
Legal Reasoning as a Foundation for Consent"
Audra Simpson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology and Native Studies, Cornell University, "The Role of Political Self-designation, Self-description and Subjectivity in the Constitution of Indigenous Nations"
4:00-5:45pm SESSION 4:
Alternative Means of Conceiving of Human Agency in the Formation of Political Community
Michael Asch, Anthropology,
UVic: "Self-Determination and Treaty-Making:
Kahane, Philosophy, University of Alberta: "Community
and Consent: Issues From and For Deliberative Democratic Theory"
5:45pm MEETING ADJOURNS FOR THE DAY.
SUNDAY, October 3:
8:30-10:15am SESSION 5:
Jeff Corntassel, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria, "Arbiters of Unconsenting Nations: The Role of Global Institutions in Indigenous Self-Determination"
Tim Rowse, Research
School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, "The
complexity of the object of consent: some Australian stories"
Tzimas, Ministry of the Attorney-General, Government of Ontario,
"Using Consultation to Achieve Consent: A Formula for Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal
10:30am-12:00pm SESSION 6:
Theoretical Summation and Reflections
12:00noon WORKSHOP CLOSING
LUNCH (light lunch provided)