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Indigenous groups, dean of law faculty express concern over upcoming Liberty Lecture – Queen’s Journal

by ahnationtalk on March 6, 2020307 Views

Peter Best, critic of Aboriginal law and policy, will speak at Queen’s this month

This year’s Liberty Lecture will feature Peter Best, author of There is No Difference, on March 23. In the weeks leading up to the event, Four Directions says it will increase its support for Indigenous students who have concerns about the event.

Organized by Law Professor Bruce Pardy and in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Best will speak about his book, a critique of Aboriginal law and policy. In his work, he argues for the abolition of the Indian Reserve system and of special race-based laws and entitlements for Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous student groups have raised concerns about the choice of speaker for the upcoming lecture.

In a statement to The Journal, Kandice Baptiste, director of Four Directions, said to support Indigenous students the organization will focus on providing counseling support, food, sacred fires, and hosting regular programming, as well as sharing circles.

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