About the Committee
The Indigenous Peoples Committee was formed to look at questions of development as it affects both land and people. It approaches the subject from the legal perspective of the people and the land affected rather than that of developers or proponents of projects, governments or business in general.
The committee aims to expand its communications with its members through this website and other media to facilitate communications among lawyers around the world dealing with issues of concern to indigenous peoples and those with whom they come in contact and conflict.
The committee also aims to establish links with outside organisations such as the UN Sub-Committee on Indigenous Peoples and Minority Groups, the World Bank and International Development Agencies.
The committee would like to publish a regular newsletter and is looking for an editor. Generally, the committee would welcome volunteers to assist in managing the Committee with us and, in particular, lawyers from outside Canada!
Recognising the high costs of travel and attendance at conferences abroad we propose to use e-communication as much as possible to progress our projects, programmes and publications.
Additionally, the Indigenous Peoples Committee works with the following committees to form the Law and Individual Rights Section: