An invitation to visit the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

An invitation to visit the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

One of the great things about IASC conferences is the opportunity to explore local issues, and the recent global commons conference in Alberta has been no exception.  Due to the close working relationships developed between the IASC Conference Organising Committee and the First Nations we were given the opportunity to visit the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation at their reserve, around 72 Km north-west of Edmonton, Alberta, on the shore of the sacred Lake Wakamne (also known as Lake St Anne).

Indigenous rights in Canada – the 19th century Treaties

Indigenous rights in Canada – the 19th century Treaties

“We lived here, we were a nation, we were sovereign. We still believe we are a nation, that this land we live on is ours. But if we don’t continue to move forward as a people, then I foresee more problems. We need to remind this country we are here to stay. We are not immigrants – we have nowhere else to go.” Rose C. Laboucan, Driftpile Cree Nation (speaking at the IASC International Conference, May 2015).

A First Nations welcome in Canada

Opening Ceremony of the 15th IASC Global Conference on Commons, Alberta, Canada There are two overarching benefits to being a member of the IASC; first are the people you get to know from other countries, other disciplines, and those involved in other aspects of commons activity – whether it is defending their own commons, working for an NGO in some remote corner of the globe, or fighting private interests.

IASC 2015 opening ceremony

IASC 2015 opening ceremony

From the Shaw conference centre, Edmonton at the opening of the 2015 IASC Biennial International Conference on ‘Complexity and Change’.  Brenda Parlee and Prateep Nayak, co-chairs of the conference hosted by the University of Alberta, opened the conference this morning with references to the importance of the support for the conference from the Treaty 8 First Nations.