2014 Senior Indigenous Fellow – OHCHR

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Duration:       2 June –  30 September 2014

Location:        Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, Geneva – Switzerland

The Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (IPMS) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is seeking an indigenous person to fill the position of “Senior Fellow” for a duration of four months (2 June – 30 September 2014).

The Senior Indigenous Fellowship aims at giving the selected indigenous person a better understanding of the international human rights system and mechanisms, especially those dealing with indigenous issues. Through this experience, the Senior Fellow will gain practical knowledge and working level experience by directly contributing to the programmes and activities of the IPMS. Such exposure will also allow him/her to develop an extensive contact network with OHCHR staff in general, as well as other UN departments or agencies and human rights NGOs in Geneva.

The Senior Fellow is expected to return to his/her home country with an enhanced set of skills and expertise to contribute towards the promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous peoples at the national, regional or international level.

Terms of reference:

The Senior Indigenous Fellow will be working in the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section of OHCHR under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Section and the Coordinator of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme and will be requested to:

–       Contribute to the activities of the Section by undertaking research and analysis, participating in the organization and implementation of training activities, such as the Indigenous Fellowship Programme, providing support to the work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations.

–       Perform any other activity to contribute to the work of the Section, including administrative or logistic tasks.


The candidate must be indigenous. He/she should have:

  • A university degree preferably in law, political sciences, international relations or any other disciplines related to human rights.
  • Basic understanding of international human rights instruments and mechanisms, including those specifically dealing with the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Minimum of four years of working experience in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights.
  • He/she should be fluent in English. Other language skills including Spanish, French or Russian are highly desirable.


The candidate selected will not receive a salary but will be entitled to a monthly stipend that will cover basic living expenses in Geneva, as well as return ticket and basic health insurance. Please note that this is not a regular employment position within OHCHR and it does not lead to employment rights and entitlements beyond the terms of the fellowship.

Selection process:

Interested candidates should submit their applications by fax (+41 22 917 90 08) with a cover letter indicating “Application to the 2014 Senior Indigenous Fellowship” or by post at:

Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


CH-1211 Geneva 10


Although we do not encourage you to send your application by email, scanned applications can also be received at the following address: fellowship@ohchr.org    The application should include the following documents:

1) A Curriculum Vitae.

2) A letter of motivation (maximum 3 pages), in which the candidate will introduce himself/herself – mentioning the indigenous community he/she belongs to – explain his/her expectations, what he/she hopes to achieve through this fellowship and what he/she expects to do upon return to promote indigenous rights.

3) A letter of recommendation from the organization / entity they are affiliated with.

The deadline to receive applications is: 17 January 2014. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted and interviewed during the first quarter of 2014. Once the selection is finalized, the name of the candidate selected will be posted on our website.


A CONCEPT OF NATIVE TITLE by Leroy Littlebear (1982)

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by Leroy Littlebear (1982)

This ritual, i.e. the coming ashore and the planting of a flag and the claiming of the land for the Monarch, is sometimes referred to as “Discovery”. The Doctrine of Discovery is one justification for claiming fee simple title to lands in North America.  But the doctrine has been abused, misconstrued, and misinterpreted by the white man.  Chief Justice Marshall of the United States Supreme Court, and one of the first to use the Concept or Discovery in his decisions, said in the Johnson and Graham’s lessee v. Mc’Intosh case[7] that discovery was a doctrine meant to apply to the European powers for their own orderly conduct in dealing with the aboriginal people of North America.  Hence, discovery was not meant to apply to the Indians.  It was not meant to mean fee simple ownership.  To the contrary discovery can be analogized to a ‘business franchise’.  Just as a business franchise gives exclusive rights to the owner of the franchise to enter into business relations with people, within the geographic area of the franchise, discovery was meant to give a European power which came to the shores of North America the exclusive right to deal with the Indians whose territory covered or included the particular area discovered by a European power.  A right to deal with people certainly does not give ownership to their property.



Note: This article is presently being circulated at the V Continental Indigenous Summit Abya Yala, taking place November 10-16, 2013 at La Maria Piendamo, Cauca [Colombia].  The Declaration Abya Yala, presented at the DISMANTLING the Doctrine of Discovery International Conference in Arizona in April, is also in discussion at the Summit.  Action on the DISMANTLING of the Doctrine of Discovery as called for by the Abya Yala Declaration is on the agenda in Colombia.

Also, critical discussions on the UN HLP/WCIP 2014 are taking place, from the grass roots indigenous movements. The II Continental Indigenous Women Summit, and Indigenous Youth Summit also taking place.  Extractive mining issues, including the REDDS+ are being addressed within a context of the continental indigenous movements.

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice – at York University

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Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University seek to recruit and nominate a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice (Tier 2). The successful candidate will be cross-appointed between the two Faculties.

In making this appointment, we are seeking to further enrich the two Faculties’ strengths in the study of environmental justice, and Indigenous law and governance, and to deepen our appreciation of the interconnections between these fields of study. The Faculties embrace a broad definition of “environment”, and are open to a plurality of understandings of, and approaches to, the study of Indigenous environmental justice.

Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada’s largest English-language law school, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal education and legal scholarship. Our innovative teaching program fosters a strong foundation in legal reasoning, diverse perspectives on law, and an understanding of law’s transformative role in promoting a just society. Osgoode produces original and significant legal scholarship and prepares its graduates for leadership and service within the profession and beyond. Further information about Osgoode Hall Law School can be found at http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/about/index.html.

FES is a unique interdisciplinary Faculty that adopts a broad definition of environment including natural, built and social environments. The Faculty has a strong social and environmental justice orientation, and values applied and action-oriented research. More information about the Faculty of Environmental Studies is available at http://www.fes.yorku.ca

Applicants should be Assistant or Associate Professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. Absent exceptional circumstances, the successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in law or legal studies, environmental studies, political science, geography, or another relevant discipline; and the candidate is expected to have received her/his highest degree no more than ten years prior to nomination for the Chair.

Applicants are invited to contact Professor Dayna Scott, Chair of the CRC Subcommittee of the Faculty Recruitment Committee at dscott@osgoode.yorku.ca.

2 Faculty Opportunities in Sociology & Politics and Public Administration – Ryerson University

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Assistant Professor

Arts, Sociology

Posted: September 17, 2013
Deadline to Apply: Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Department of Sociology at Ryerson University (www.ryerson.ca/sociology) in the city of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The area of specialization is Aboriginal & Indigenous Sociology, with expertise in Qualitative Research Methodologies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of Sociology Program and Liberal Studies courses at the undergraduate level.

The position will commence August 1, 2014 and is subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. or be close to the completion of a Ph.D. in Sociology or in a related discipline and will provide evidence of a strong research record or an emerging scholarly profile, demonstrate a high standard of teaching, in addition to a capacity for collegial service. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples, institutionally-generated results of teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference.

The Sociology Department, consisting of 22 full-time faculty members, has a solid and growing reputation for high-quality teaching and excellent, innovative, and socially-relevant research. The Department is strongly committed to social activism and community-engaged teaching, learning, and research. Our undergraduate degree program offers a curriculum that highlights the study and practical application of research methods, classical and contemporary social theory, and themes of diversity, inequality and social justice, popular culture, media, and contemporary urban experience.

Please submit your application by regular post and address it to: Dr. Pamela Sugiman, Chair, Department of Sociology, c/o Ms. Virginia Clark, Departmental Administrator, Department of Sociology, Jorgenson Hall 300, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3. For general inquiries, please contact Ms. Clark by email at vclark@arts.ryerson.ca or by phone at 416 979 5000 x. 2282. Confidential inquiries or questions of an academic nature may be directed to Dr. Pamela Sugiman at sugiman@ryerson.ca. The deadline for submission of applications is November 28, 2013.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: http://www.ryerson.ca/teaching/agreements/rfa_agreement/index.html. The RFA’s website can be found at: http://www.rfa.ryerson.ca/. A summary of RFA benefits can be found at: http://www.ryerson.ca/hr/benefits/benefits_by_group/rfa/index.html

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Assistant Professor, International Politics and/or Public Policy

Arts, Politics & Public Admin

Posted: September 20, 2013
Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University (http://www.ryerson.ca/politics) in Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in International Politics and/or Public Policy. The Department particularly encourages applicants with research and teaching interests in international political economy; international economic and financial governance or institutions; and regional specialization in Latin America, Eastern Europe or Russia. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, contributing to the Department’s full-time undergraduate program in politics and governance; part-time program in public administration and governance; and the Masters in Public Policy and Administration. Opportunities for teaching and supervision in other interdisciplinary Faculty of Arts programs are also possible.

The position will commence August 1, 2014 and is subject to final budgetary approval. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. or be close to the completion of a Ph.D. in political science, political studies or in a related field. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a strong research agenda and profile, commitment to high-quality teaching, and the capacity for collegial service. Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples, results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence such as a teaching dossier), and the names and contact information (e-mail address and telephone numbers) of three referees who may be contacted.

The Department of Politics and Public Administration, consisting of 27 full time faculty members, prides itself both on the breadth and excellence of its research and quality of its teaching. The Department is strongly committed to academic excellence and teaching in the areas of public policy and administration and Canadian, comparative and global politics.

Located in the heart of Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The university is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practically oriented learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum and strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities. Ryerson is also a leader in adult learning, with the largest university-based continuing education school in Canada.

Please submit your application materials online via our Faculty Recruitment Portal. Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. Sorpong Peou, Department Chair, (speou@politics.ryerson.ca).

The deadline for submission of applications is December 1st, 2013.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: http://www.ryerson.ca/teaching/agreements/rfa_agreement/index.html.The RFA’s website can be found at: http://www.rfa.ryerson.ca/. A summary of RFA benefits can be found at: http://www.ryerson.ca/hr/benefits/benefits_by_group/rfa/index.html

Call For Papers Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling

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Call For Papers

Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling

March 14-15, 2014, York & Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Keynote by Jasbir K. Puar

Submissions Deadline: December 21, 2013


How do we think about the “unthinkable”? How do we explain the visceral sensations that prefigure our thoughts and actions? Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling is a two-day conference organized by the York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture to be held at Ryerson University (Toronto), that will address notions of affect as a lens for critical scholarship and inquiry. We are interested in examining feelings as they blur lines between emotions, bodies and the psyche, opening up spaces for alternative modes of thought and discourse.  Affect bridges experiences from the personal to the political, and is an epistemological lens that can help us explore the depths of experience found within sensation, feelings, cognitions and objects. We seek interdisciplinary approaches that examine connections between “thinking” and “feeling” in relation to: emotion, the senses, embodiment, mental capacities, the visceral, interactivity, social interaction, media and communications technologies, intensity, sexuality and desire, social and political structures, cultural production, artistic practices and phenomenology.

Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling also welcomes a wide range of artwork from diverse practitioners to be exhibited as part of our annual exhibition, Cross Sections. We encourage submissions of paintings, drawings, photography, collage, sculpture, interactive works, performances, film/video projections and other marginal or intermedia forms. We are also open to papers, panel discussions, artist talks that are supported by or connected to your artistic work, please submit an abstract along with your artwork if you are interested in participating in conference sessions in this capacity.


Possible presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

•   Gender and Feminist Theory

•   Critical Sexuality and Queer Theory

•   Critical Race Theory

•   Disability Studies

•   Communications

•   Psychology

•   Religion and Spirituality

•   Fine Art

•   Art History

•   Cultural Studies

•   Environmental Studies

•   Literature

•   Social and Political Thought

•   Policy and Labour Studies

•   Media Studies (including Cinema and Video Games)

•   Activism

•   Philosophy


We are accepting proposals for participant presentations in the following categories: 15-20 minute talks; curated panels (lightning talks, longer talks, curated conversation); project demos; digital and/or print posters; creative performances; post conference workshops.

Submissions for papers and panels: Please submit a 300 word abstract or up to a 600 word panel proposal including your name, degree/department, email address, title of presentation, as well as a 200 word bio, by December 21st to intersections2014@gmail.com. Notices of acceptance will be sent in January 2013.


Submissions for artworks: Proposals for artworks can be submitted to cross.sections2014@gmail.com. Please submit a short summary of the work (300 words) as well as an artist bio (200 words). Include still images (max. 5 images, 1MB each) or video if desired, and be sure to specify the medium, size, year, duration (if applicable), and technical or spatial requirements for presentation. Please submit an abstract along with your work if you are interested in participating in a presentation, panel discussion or artist talk that is supported by or connected to your artistic work.

For more updates, follow us on Twitter @thinkfeel2014

Call for Presenters – Integrating Indigenous Traditional Culture and Practices in Health Care

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presented by Indigenous Gatherings

February 18th – 19th 2014 – Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

Call for Workshop Proposals – Deadline November 22nd, 2013


The “Integrating Traditional Indigenous Culture and Practices into Health Care Conference” is designed to facilitate the transmission of knowledge between indigenous peoples. We extend a heartfelt invitation to our indigenous partners to share knowledge that will contribute to the well-being of our Indigenous Peoples. We are also aware that many non-indigenous persons have made significant, meaningful contributions in health care delivery and we also invite these presenters to submit their proposals, provided that explicit permission of the indigenous group/organization that one is representing has been obtained.

Ultimately, each presenter is responsible for their own presentation. Please come to our conference with respect for each other. Indigenous Gatherings is promoting workshops that embrace Indigenous Knowledge. Presenters are encouraged to provide strategies that are practical and immediately applicable. All workshops will be 1–1.5 hour long including time for questions and discussions.

All presenters and co-presenters must pay registration fee. Complete and submit a separate registration form for each presenter/co-presenter.

Handouts: Power point presentations, handouts, must be pre-sent via email to  igatherings@gmail.com to be included in the Conference Binder. You will be notified on the number copies of materials for participants. Copy services will NOT be available at the site.


Email: igatherings@gmail.com

Website: www.indigenousgatherings.ca

RezErect: Native Erotica exhibit and Responses to RezErect panel

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The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Indigenous Pedagogies Social Justice @UBC Research Network (HTTP://BLOGS.UBC.CA/IPSJ/), CSIS and the Jane Rule Endowment (www.csis.arts.ubc.ca) invite you to join us for the art gallery exhibition RezErect: Native Erotica and a reception and thought-provoking panel discussion on Responses to RezErect.  

Please save the date — November 20th — in your calendar.

RezErect is an exhibition that explores First Nations erotica.  It is a fresh, playful, provocative insight into sensuality and sexuality. The exhibition features works by 27 mid-career and internationally recognized First Nations artists from the Northwest Coast and central Canada.

The Responses to RezErect panel invites us to explore both how we are outrageously infused with pornography, and also colonialism and representations of First Nations realities.

Speakers include:

  • Dory Nason – Assistant Professor of First Nations Studies and English (UBC), recipient of the 2013 UBC Killam Teaching Prize, Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Tribe of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
  • June Scudeler – PhD candidate in English in Aboriginal literature (UBC) and President of the Vancouver Metis Community Association.  June Scudeler is a Metis PhD candidate in English at UBC and her dissertation explores new traditions in Cree and Metis Two-Spirit, gay and queer narratives. Her essay on Metis poet Gregory Scofield was included in the Queer Indigenous Studies collection. June is a collective member of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival.
  • Kinnie Starr is a singer-songwriter from Calgary, Alberta. In 2006 she mentored aspiring Aboriginal musicians at the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) Camp. As a visual artist, Starr currently has 2 pieces hung in the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, BC as part of ‘Rezerect’, an international exhibit of indigenous erotic art.
  • Saylesh Wesley is Stó:l? (Skowkale) on her mother’s  side and Tsimshian on her father’s side and works for the UBC as the Chilliwack Field Centre Coordinator, NITEP, which is a B.Ed. program designed to train Aboriginal teachers for the K – 12 system

Date:                Wednesday, November 20th


Time:               5:00 p.m. Wine and cheese reception

                        5:45 p.m.  Panel discussion begins


Location:          Bill Reid Gallery 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver  [see location

Read more about RezErect and a local media story about the gallery’s exhibition.

Save the date!