Thank you for your interest in the the Urban Indigenous Self-Determination Symposium being hosted in Vancouver on November 23rd and 24th. We are excited that there has been such a positive response to our event which unfortunately means that we are now at capacity for our venue. All the presentations will be recorded and made available online shortly following the event, so if you are interested in receiving the links to the recording, please click here to provide us with your contact information.
Northwest Indigenous Council
Invites you to join our Symposium on Urban Indigenous Self-Determination, on November 23 and 24th, 2023. The Symposium will be held in Vancouver, on the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
The purpose of the Symposium is to deepen the dialogue within urban Indigenous communities, First Nations, and governments about implementing the right to self-determination in an urban context. Specifically, the adoption of the Declaration by BC and Canada presents a historic opportunity to implement self-determination in the places where the majority of Indigenous people in Canada live. Affirming this right in an urban context affirms that Indigenous rights, and Indigenous people, are capable of evolving, changing, and adopting new forms of social and political life, and that these are not subordinate to the settler state. Urban communities, then, are a central location in the urgent project of decolonization.
NWIC is hosting the Symposium at this time because we believe that a clear focus on the right of self-determination is critical: without Indigenous advocacy, governments will steer the Declaration implementation to program funding and service coordination, and urban communities will continue to be denied their inherent right to self-determination. The Symposium is intended to ensure this important dimension of the Declaration remains front and centre.
The intent is to generate free flowing, creative, and forward-looking conversations that can help communities to imagine what self-determination looks like in an urban context. The agenda is being organized to recognize the central role Indigenous women have played in urban organizing, and the urgent need to give voice to Indigenous youth.
Thanks to support from Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, there is no cost to participate in the Symposium. We require all participants to register for the Symposium by November 10th, 2023 as our venue has limited capacity, we are providing meals, and we are curating discussion groups.