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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Coffee Hour with Professor John Borrows

The Department of Geography, Environment and Society is hosting a Coffee Hour on Friday, October 4th at 3:30 in room 445 Blegen Hall. Professor John Borrows, the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School, will give a talk titled "Mobility and Indigenous Peoples."

Complimentary refreshments and coffee will be served at 3:15.
Mobility has often been used to undermine Indigenous peoples' rights. Indigenous peoples, are denied rights if they move too frequently. Conversely, if they move too little - others still diminish their rights. In most legal systems Indigenous peoples are characterized as either being too nomadic or too static to protect their most significant relationships. Thus, mobility should be of special concern for Indigenous peoples. Its negative characterizations and consequences undermine the very foundations of Indigenous peoples' ability to sustain themselves in the world. This talk discusses the implications of the negative characterizations of Indigenous mobility in law and policy.