Idle No More & Defenders of the Land: Sovereignty Summer
Russell Diabo, Arthur Manuel
Historical backdrop and reality check on the current political situation in Canada, with forward momentum & international context
Russell Diabo,Member of Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake, Policy Advisor at Algonquin Nation Secretariat, and Editor of First Nations Strategic Bulletin
Russell Diabo is a member of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake. From 1985 until 1996, Russell was an advisor to the Algonquins of Barriere Lake in Western Quebec. Russell also served as the Indian Act Amendments Coordinator to the Assembly of First Nations prior to coming to British Columbia in 1997. He is currently a policy advisor at the Algonquin Nation Secretariat and editor of First Nations Strategic Bulletin.
Arthur Manuel,Member of Secwepemc Nation, Former Chief of Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, and Chairman of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET)
Arthur Manuel is a member of the Secwepemc Nation and a four time Chief of the Shuswap nation tribal council(1995-2003). He is currently the chair of the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET). He served as spokesperson of the Interior Alliance of B.C. Indigenous nations and he was at the forefront of the indigenous logging initiative. Manuel has participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues since its inception in 2002.