November 17-19, 2017, University of Alberta

Challenging Empire: Citizenship, Sovereignties, and Self-Determination

November 14-16, 2003

The 2003 conference was about a reasserted US Empire and its effects on popular sovereignties in Canada and around the world. Sovereignties, rather than sovereignty, was stressed because Canada is a a pluri-nation state, to borrow the term used in Ecuador. And there are questions of popular sovereignty for Indigenous people and Quebeckers as well as for Canada as a whole vis-à-vis the United States. The conference discussed a diversity of perspectives about the reasserted US Empire, its implications for many sectors in Canada and abroad and the best responses Canadians should make.

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