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Indigenous Rights and Universal Rights: A discussion with Ellen Gabriel

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In January 2014, Indigenous human rights activist Ellen Gabriel shared her insights on Indigenous rights and universal rights in an event hosted by the Silk Road Institute and co-hosted with QPIRG McGill and MSA McGill. Also check out the photo coverage of the event: flic.kr/s/aHsjRmjN4N About the Speaker: Ms. Gabriel was well-known to the public when she was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka” Crisis; to protect the Pines from the expansion of a 9 hole golf course in “Oka”. Since the Crisis of 1990 Ms. Gabriel has been steadily advocating for the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous peoples. She has worked diligently to sensitize the public, academics, policing authorities and politicians on the history, culture and identity of Indigenous peoples. She has made numerous public presentations on Indigenous rights and history, including presentations to Parliamentary committees and the National Assembly on legislative amendments affecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. She has been active at the international level participating at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues, negotiations on the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biodiversity and most recently, at the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has traveled across Canada, to the Hague in Holland, Strasbourg, France to address the European parliament, and to Japan to educate people about the events in her community during the 1990 “Oka Crisis” when she was chosen by the Longhouse and her community to be their spokesperson. In 2004, Ellen Gabriel was elected president of the Quebec Native Women’s Association a position which she held for 6 ½ years, until December 2010.