Crimes against nature through the lens of Indigenous sovereignty

An Online Rally With Indigenous Leadership

January 19, 2021
3:00pm Pacific | 6:00pm Eastern

Robert Morales

Robert Morales is a Coast Salish lawyer and is the lead person for the current Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group petition before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. Robert also served and is currently serving as the Chair for the Summit Chief Negotiators which is composed of about 47 negotiating tables.

Leah Gazan

Gazan is Lakota from Wood Mountain Lakota Nation and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre (NDP). As an educator, advisor, and media contributor, Leah Gazan has been deeply engaged with issues and organizing in Winnipeg's core for nearly three decades. Gazan has spent her life working for human rights on the local, national, and international stage. Her recent success includes organizing and traveling across the country to push Bill C-262, the Indigenous Human Rights Act.

Merle Alexander

Merle is a member and hereditary chief of Kitasoo Xai'xais First Nation on the mid-coast of British Columbia.  He practices Indigenous Resource Law empowering Nations through Title and Rights affirmation, sustainable economic development and environmental conservation.

Jojo Mehta

Jojo co-founded the Stop Ecocide campaign in 2017, alongside barrister and legal pioneer the late Polly Higgins, to support the establishment of ecocide as a crime at the International Criminal Court. Jojo co-ordinates between the fast-growing international campaign (teams in 8 countries, websites in 7 languages) and the lawyers, advocates and parliamentarians engaged in the core work of progressing the crime.


You are invited...

The purpose of this webinar - the first in a series of 3 being produced in collaboration with Stop Ecocide Canada -  is to educate and raise awareness on using international law, and specifically a crime of ecocide, to uphold Indigenous rights and environmental protection.

We will focus on the legal assessment of how an international law of ecocide would benefit Indigenous governance and sovereignty.

The shared vision for this series is to provide a space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous legal scholars and activists to unpack the potential (and the pitfalls) of this emerging instrument, an international crime of ecocide.