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Whose Resources? Energy, Royalties, and Collective Ownership


November 21, 2015 at 2:30pm - 3:45pm


Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, University of Alberta
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with Linda Many Guns and Craig Makinaw

How can resource revenue work to benefit First Nations and all Albertans? Has a failure to recognize proper ownership and revenue from resource development resulted in underfunding of social programs in First Nations communities? This session will look at these intertwined issues.

Linda Many Guns is a Siksikaki member and a member of the Blackfoot confederacy. Being passionate about her own culture and heritage, her focus is on bringing awareness, understanding, and validity to the complex knowledge held in the culture. Her PhD and other projects are infused with the processes that animate traditional knowledge in all venues including community development, employment using the knowledge to transform and reshape. Her PhD created a bridge for better cultural understanding through art based inquiry and narrative. She has also worked in the heritage tourism sector, and with various governments in policy and as a researcher for the Treaty and Land Claims Commission in Ottawa. Currently she is at the University of Lethbridge in the Native Studies Department teaching Aboriginal law courses. She is also continues to dabble as an artist and crafter of traditional Blackfoot clothing and items, and is a proud grandmother of four.

Craig Makinaw, a Cree from Ermineskin Cree Nationa (Neyaskweyahk), is the Alberta Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. He is the former Grand Chief of Treaty Six (2012-14) and the former Chief of Ermineskin Cree Nation (2011-14). His extensive political knowledge includes 18 years of holding an Ermineskin Cree Nation Councillor position (1993-2011). As the Grand Chief of Treaty Six and Chief of Ermineskin Cree Nation, he has presented position papers at the Senate level on Bill C-38, Bill C-45, Bill C-7, Bill S-6 and Bill C-428. He has also presented at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva.