CIGI's International Law Research Program (ILRP) will be attending the 28th Annual Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) Fall Conference and participating in two panel discussions. 

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Author, The Right to Be Cold will be the IBA keynote speaker. In a talk sponsored by CIGI, Sheila will be putting a human rights face on climate change and the impacts of warming temperatures on the Inuit in northern Canada and the Arctic.

CIGI Senior Research Fellow Risa Schwartz will be speaking along with CIGI Research Associate Claire Anderson on a panel exploring realizing indigenous rights in international environmental law. Tha main plenary entitled "Our Relationship with Nation to Nation" will also feature Risa and Claire as panelists. 

Event Speakers

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

Oonagh Fitzgerald is director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. She has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government, including with the Department of Justice and Department of National Defence.

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Risa Schwartz

CIGI Senior Research Fellow, International Law Research Program

Risa Schwartz is a senior research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. In this role, Risa will examine whether international environmental agreements have the potential to trigger the duty to consult and accommodate with Aboriginal people and what this would mean for policy makers in Canada and beyond. Prior to joining CIGI, Risa was counsel to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario.

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