Indigenous peoples, social movement members, human rights activists and academics from Canada and Brazil gather to strategize together about social and environmental rights.
October 19-22, 2017
Free and open to the public!
While the indigenous peoples, traditional communities and social movements joining together for this event have quite diverse histories and forms of economic, social, cultural and political life, their projects of self-determination are united in the face of at least four threats:
- The destruction of the world’s environment;
- The hardship that most of the world’s people endure to even have food security, much less food sovereignty;
- Assimilation of distinct or traditional cultures, peoples and communities into hegemonic forms of social, economic and political life;
- The transformation of communities that have for centuries controlled their own means of economic, cultural and political self-creation into situations of dependence and exploitation.
This conference will promote the dialogue of three main constituencies, each of which will have delegates from both Canada and Brazil:
- Indigenous Peoples: From Brazil–The Guarani people, the territory of which also extends into Argentina and Paraguay. From Canada—representatives of the Cree, Mohawk, and Abenaki First Nations (Bishop’s University is within unceded Abenaki territory).
- Social Movements that work in the domain of food justice and agro-ecology. From Brazil—The Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), the Movement of those Dislocated by Dams (MAB) and the Coordination of Quilombos (CONAQ) (Quilombos are communities of the descendants of escaped slaves). From Canada–The National Farmers Union and the Union Paysanne. Both Canadian and two of the Brazilian movements are part of Via Campesina, an international social movement working on these issues.
- Activists and academics who work in the domain of human rights, especially collective, social and environmental rights. From Brazil–The Network of Brazilian Popular Lawyers—RENAP, the Institute for Research on Rights and Social Movements (IPDMS), and academics from the Law Schools of the Pontificia Universidade Catolica and the Universidade Federal do Parana, as well as several other universities. From Canada—academics from at least six Canadian universities.
The event’s primary sponsors are Bishop’s University and its “Crossing Borders Research Cluster” and “Social Justice and Citizenship Minor” and the School of Law at thePontifícia Universidade Católica—Paraná. The event is also sponsored by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace and The Latin American Studies Network of Montreal. For a full list of the contributors who have made this event possible see the Funders page.
Top banner photo: Reahu Yanomami. Maturacá e Ariabú Communities, Amazonas,
Brazil, February 2015. By Liana Amin Lima.