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Just a quick thanks to everyone who came out today to listen and share thoughts on “Feminism and Law in Today’s World”, with a special thanks to our wonderful Dean Turnbull for doing such a great job of facilitating. As per Dean Turnbull’s tale of working for UNPAC’s Gender Budget Project, we thought we’d include a link to Femme Fiscale’s homepage. Check it out here!

Femme Fiscale Loves Taxes!

If you missed the roundtable today and are keen to know what went down, check back in the coming week for written summary, graciously provided by Brad Findlater.

And don’t forget: our next roundtable will be November 2nd, and will feature our very own Associate Dean Dr. Jennifer Schulz, leading a conversation on “A Feminist Approach to Tort Law”. To get your motors running, start asking yourself, “Who is the reasonable person, anyway?”

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Advocate and human rights consultant Céleste McKay has worked extensively in the field of indigenous rights, both nationally and internationally. Her remarks at Thursday’s roundtable were focused on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with special attention paid to those provisions pertaining to indigenous women (She also brought along pocket-size copies of the Declaration- very handy!).  Céleste called the Declaration an historic achievement for human rights, and said that it is the culmination of decades of work for a large and diverse group of activists. Adopted by the UN in 2007, she noted Canada’s inconsistent attitude toward the Declaration, having supported its development, then opposed its adoption, finally issuing a statement of ‘support’ for it in late 2010 (though, so far, Canada has not officially adopted it).

Céleste highlighted some of the most pressing issues facing indigenous women in Canada and around the world, particularly economic marginalization and the difficulties posed by outdated and racist colonial legislation. Of fundamental importance to fighting the multiple forms of oppression experienced by indigenous women is the understanding that the human rights recognized in the Declaration are indivisible and interdependent. She spoke of the challenge to non-indigenous people to think carefully about the rights of indigenous women, in respect to land rights, rape as a weapon of war and (in Canada particularly) the state of marital and property law for indigenous women.

The roundtable wrapped up with an engaging and lively group discussion, covering a broad range of topics from access to justice and legal education, the role of feminism in indigenous rights, as well as proposed bill C-3 and possible changes to indigenous identity policy.

* Eli Mitchell is a first year law student. She is a frequent contributor to the FLF blog.

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