Indigenization and Decolonization at KPU: A Week of Sharing and Learning

Report by Mike Ma

I attended and participated in various events this past week during the Idigenization and Decolonization presentations at KPU. In particular, on March 20th, I was luck to have heard from speakers who are key figures in the indigenous rights movement in Canada. During the panel talk, Land Rights of the Original Nations: Since Time Immemorial, Now and Forever, Sharon Venne and Russ Diabo shared their thoughts on indigenous history and struggle. Russ Diabo gave a tour de force of how the negotiation and political struggle for recognition has unfolded over the last 200 years. Sharon Venne forcefully argued that the Canadian state is still actively at odds with the title rights and land claims of First Nations peoples.