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aligned with this three-world model, considering the impacts of the proposed
project on the land, water and air. SSN panel members shared their
knowledge and what they had learned through the assessment process, and
students were also taught about specific land-use activities including hunting,
fishing and collecting foods and medicines.
The issues raised through this day readily connect to a variety of upperyear
courses, such as administrative and environmental law, as well as our
three courses on Indigenous legal issues. Many students remarked on the
significant value of the experience in connecting the classroom learning to
real issues occurring all over B.C.
OTHER EVENTS IN THE FALL SEMESTER
Although Orientation Week at the beginning of September brings the largest
number of guests to TRU Law in a short time frame, we benefitted from
many other guests over the past few months.
Among the many events in the fall, several really stand out, including the
second visit of Attorney General David Eby. He originally visited TRU Law
in July as his first stop among the three B.C. law schools to meet staff for an
informal discussion and to make a longer visit to our TRU Community Legal
Clinic. He returned on November 17, this time to discuss the government’s
proposal to re-establish the B.C. Human Rights Commission. The Attorney
General spoke on this topic with TRU Law faculty staff and later at an open
meeting with law students and the entire TRU community, as well as the
TRU Law had the unique opportunity of hosting Mariluz Canaquiri, a
Latin American Indigenous leader and president of the Kukama Women’s
Federation in the northern Amazon region of Peru, along with Canadian
independent filmmaker Stephanie Boyd. The latter has been filming Ms.
Canaquiri and the struggles of the Kukama people in pressing the Peruvian
government for action regarding their concerns about the negative environmental
effects of foreign resource extraction within their traditional
territory. This remarkable story is now captured in a documentary produced
by Ms. Boyd, who served as translator for Ms. Canaquiri when at
TRU Law. Ms. Boyd showed a portion of her new film and both speakers
answered questions from the law students. The entire documentary was
shown later that evening to the public and TRU community, with both
speakers participating in an open dialogue regarding these critical issues,
including concerns over the actions of a Canadian oil company. Parallels
with some similar situations confronting Indigenous communities in
Canada were noted.