Indigenous reconciliation and land rights

25 nov 2019 12:30 13:30 ENG

Ranjan Datta (University of Regina, Canada) in conversation with Camila Gianella (CMI).

This presentation addresses a number of unanswered questions in current practices of reconciliation and land rights, including: Is reconciliation an end goal to be achieved or is it a process? What is the colonial history of this region? Who occupied these lands before the establishment of the current borders & national government? What does anti-colonial struggle look like in this area? Are there any active anti-colonial struggles going on?

Dr Datta will discuss initiate these transdisciplinary questions that challenged not only our static science and social science mindsets, but taken the responsibilities for reconciliation including: building respectful relationships with Indigenous people, respecting Indigenous Treaties, taking actions decolonizing our ways knowing and acting, learning the role of colonized education processes, protecting our land and environment, and developing transnational solidarity.

Dr Ranjan Datta is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at University of Regina, Canada. Datta has been nominated for the Canada Research Chair Position from 2020. Ranjan’s current research interests include advocating for Indigenous reconciliation, environmental sustainability, Indigenous energy management, decolonization, Indigenous reconciliation, community-based research, and cross-cultural community empowerment.

Datta has a total of 29 peer-reviewed publications on Indigenous reconciliation, land-water and sustainabilities issues, and his recent book, Indigenous Perspectives on Land-Water Management and Sustainability, published with Routledge. His current edited book Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-cultural Perspectives published with Fernwood Publishing.