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Indigenous Women: Human Rights Protections and Activism

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library


Indigenous Women's Initiatives, UB Gender Institute, UB Amnesty International, SSW Graduate Student Association, Graduate History Association, Graduate Linguistics Association, Sierra Club, UB Intercultural & Diversity Center, and WNY Peace Center

Beverley K. Jacobs, LL.B., LL.M.

Kadijah McKenzie, (347) 496-2163 (

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The University at Buffalo School of Social Work, in collaboration with our Native, academic, and community partners, is excited to offer our second annual spring symposium. This event is free and open to the public.

Indigenous women continue to provide leadership to a variety of activist causes. They are also disproportionately affected by violence. There are over a thousand murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada alone and countless more in other countries in North and South America. The human rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas have been violated through colonization, brutal violence, dispossession from their lands, and attempts to destroy their cultures, languages, and family structures.

The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) recognizes the historical and contemporary injustices suffered by Indigenous Peoples, supports their agency and development, and calls for recognition of their social, economic, environmental, and cultural rights. Human rights activists and social workers invoke the need for redress of racism, sexism, and colonial attitudes impacting women. Throughout the Americas, Indigenous women confront all those -- individuals, groups, and governments -- that suppress human rights. Social workers, too, play a vital role in promoting and protecting human rights, bearing witness to violations, and addressing the resultant trauma. The profession works in cooperate with Indigenous women to identify, confront, and remediate such violations.

Plenaries on violence against First Nations women and technology-assisted activism will feature keynote speakers. In addition, we will feature panels on youth activism, the role of elders, and coalition building. This event is to be held in conjunction with the School of Social Work’s film event, with screenings of films by and about Indigenous women in the Americas.

To RSVP, please follow the link above.

Questions? Contact Kadijah McKenzie at