Organized by ILA-Canada and Nathanson Centre at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

The conference is a contribution to the discussion on what considerations should inform Canada’s UNDRIP implementation and looks at challenges and strategies that may influence outcomes. The considerations that should guide UNDRIP’s implementation are diverse and if implementation is to be meaningful it must cut across economic, cultural, legal and social spectrums. The focus is intended to be on substantive implementation and not directly on the variety of formal mechanisms of implementation, although in some presentations the two may be closely intertwined. Issues that the conference will address include:

  • climate change and the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada;
  • how Canada’s trade agenda fits with UNDRIP implementation
  • implementation of various concrete rights found in UNDRIP
  • international economic law and the protection of intangible Indigenous rights in Canada
  • the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their intersection with the domestic application of international
  • the role of UNDRIP and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) with respect to corporate social responsibility and legal accountability, and related state obligations, in extractive industries in Canada and abroad.
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