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Celebrating Islands’ Spirit Rising - Book Launch & Panel Presentation

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and Centre for Global Studies hosted a book launch with panel presentations at the University of Victoria First Peoples House on March 30th, 2015. The purpose was to celebrate POLIS Affiliate Dr. Louise Takeda’s newly published book Islands’ Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Forests on Haida Gwaii and to discuss the long-term conflict over Haida Gwaii’s ancient forests.

Three esteemed panelists joined Louise to discuss the specifics of the Haida’s history and the broader implications for reconciliation and environmentalism. The speakers traced the evolution of the Haida’s battle to regain control over their homeland, from the early days of Haida resistance to the modern context of alliances, legal battles, and evolving forms of governance. The speakers also reflected on the broader implications of the Haida’s strategies and successes for reconciliation and environmentalism. The take home message was that we are in this together, and that the Haida’s fight is everybody’s fight.


The full Event Proceedings are available here (pdf).

Video Presentations:

Restoring Balance: Key Steps Along the Journey by Dr. Louise Takeda, Author, Islands' Spirit Rising; Affiliate, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

Unwinding Colonialism: Lessons from the Front Line by Guujaaw, President of the Haida Nation, 2000-2012

Reconciliation: A Broader Perspective by Kekinusuqs (Dr. Judith Sayers), Former Elected Chief, Hupacasath First Nation; Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria

Generalizing the Experience, What Will It Take? by Dr. Michael M'Gonigle, Professor and Eco-Research Chair of Environmental Law and Policy, University of Victoria; Founder, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance    

Listen to UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers praise the book launch in an interview with CBC Radio in June 2015. The book launch and panel is mentioned at 4:40 min where Chancellor Rogers uses the event as an example of "top drawer engagement" between the university and community.

Islands’ Spirit Rising (2015) is available from UBC Press.


Page last updated: 10/19/2015