June 27, 2019
Professors published in new essay collection
In November 2018, Indigenous leaders, environmental activists, human rights lawyers, academics, advocates and extractive industry participants came together at a conference in Banff, Alberta to discuss the ongoing efforts to hold industry and government accountable for legacy environmental damage. The discussions provided an opportunity for Indigenous peoples’ own laws to be brought to the foreground in finding solutions to today’s most difficult environmental challenges — and provided inspiration for this essay series. Environmental Challenges on Indigenous Lands explores the complex conflicts between international, domestic and Indigenous law when it comes to addressing a global environmental crisis, supporting economic development and making steps toward meaningful reconciliation.
Kathleen Mahoney has two essays in the collection, "Environmental Challenges on Indigenous Land" (co-authored with Oonagh Fitzgerald) and "What Indigenous Solutions Look Like." Sharon Mascher's essay is titled "Aligning Canadian Impact Assessment Processes with the Principles of UNDRIP" and Robert Hamilton's essay is titled "The Imposed Hierarchy of Laws in Resource Development Decisions."