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Call for Papers - University of New Brunswick

Published on July 16, 2015

TOWARDS RECONCILIATION: 
FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF THE PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP TREATIES

UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK, FREDERICTON, NB

OCTOBER 29 – 30, 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS

The first treaty of peace and friendship between the British Crown and First Nations in the Maritimes was signed on December 15, 1725, nearly 300 years ago.  The “peace and friendship” treaties were intended to reconcile First Nations’ nationhood and sovereignty with the occupation of First Nations’ territories by settlers of European heritage and the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty, to recognize the right of First Nations and the British Crown to govern their own internal affairs of their communities, and to build a political relationship between First Nations and the British Crown.  The decades since the “peace and friendship” treaties were signed have failed to fulfil the promise of those treaties but the early 21st century is seeing a renewed commitment to reconciliation and respect for the treaty relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples in Canada.

As part of the first Peace and Friendship Treaty Days at the University of New Brunswick, the Mi’kmaq-Wolostoqey Centre is hosting a symposium, “Towards Reconciliation: Fulfilling the Promise of the Peace and Friendship Treaties” on October 29 and 30, 2015 at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  We are seeking the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels to address topics related to the “peace and friendship” treaties between the British Crown and First Nations in the Maritimes, Crown-Indigenous relations in the Maritimes, and Aboriginal and treaty rights and title.  Topics can be historical or contemporary and theoretical, comparative, empirical, or policy-focused.  We also intend to publish a selection of papers based on the presentations, as a follow-up to the symposium.

Abstracts should be approximately 250 words and should be sent to treatydays@unb.ca by August 14, 2015.  We look forward to your submissions.

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