Class: Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (GL/SOCI/CDNS/SOSC 2630 3.0)
Professor: Dr. Jennifer Dalton
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Pamela Palmater
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Location: Glendon Hall, Room 102, Glendon Campus
Topic: Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity
"Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaq lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has been a practising lawyer for 14 years and she holds the position of Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and heads the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson
University. She completed her Doctorate in the Science of Law (JSD) in Aboriginal Law at Dalhousie University Law School in 2009. In addition, she holds a Master of Laws (LLM), a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Pamela's area of expertise is in Indigenous law, politics, and governance. Her research interests include Indigenous governance, Aboriginal and treaty rights, international human rights, Indigenous politics, and constitutional law. She has specialized in Indigenous identity issues which include Indian status, band membership, and self-government citizenship and most importantly, traditional Indigenous concepts of identity and citizenship. Her book, Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity, considers the legal problems of status with regards to band membership and self-government citizenship was released in early 2011."
"Dr. Jennifer E. Dalton is a faculty member in York’s Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and the Department of Sociology, Glendon College. She is also a visiting scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies and conducts research in the Office of Institutional Research & Analysis. After studying political science, Dalton (LLM ’06, PhD ’10) studied law at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School. She specializes in Aboriginal law and politics, Canadian government and constitutional law, and elections and civic engagement. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in these areas and her book, Aboriginal Engagement: Reconciliation through Electoral Participation and Land Negotiations in Canada, will soon be published by UBC Press" (see this story in YFile).