Keynote: Natan Obed 

Monday, February 3
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students' Union Building

Advancing Nation Building, Inuit Self-determination and Reconciliation: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Inuit Nunangat


Natan Obed


Sponsored by UAlberta North and the Global Education Program



Learn about the policy solutions being advanced by Inuit to remedy long-standing social and economic inequities faced by many Inuit in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland. Natan Obed will discuss linkages between work being undertaken by the national Inuit representative organization in Canada and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in an increasingly globalized world.

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Natan Obed
is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit. He is originally from Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador’s Nunatsiavut region, and now lives in Ottawa. For 10 years he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. He has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well being of Inuit in Canada.

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Demystifying Partnerships with Global Affairs Canada

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Telus Centre 134

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation and the University of Alberta International offer an information session with a representative from Global Affairs Canada’s Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch. This event will provide insight into questions that are frequently asked by Global Affairs Canada’s partners, or potential partners.

Nutrition: A key ingredient to delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Claudia Hudspeth

12:15 - 1:15 pm  
Classroom F 2J4 02
Walter C MacKenzie Health Sciences Centre
Next to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Dean's office

Part of the Global Health Fair

Sponsored by the Global Health Program, Division of Community Engagement, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Biomedical Global Health Research Network 

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Claudia Hudspeth, a Canadian-trained medical doctor and public health expert, joined as the Aga Khan Foundation's Global Health and Nutrition Lead in 2017. Claudia joined McKinsey & Co., where she spent five years as a consultant in the public and social sectors. Before McKinsey, Claudia spent a decade working in global health and nutrition with multiple international organizations, including UNICEF, DFID, WHO and Aga Khan Health Services.

Claudia is passionate about health system strengthening with a focus on community and primary care, addressing undernutrition and tackling the social determinants of poor health.  She has deep expertise in immunization, nutrition, integrated community case management and health system financing.


Global Goals Talks at International Week

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Social Stair Space, Central Academic Building (CAB)

Join us for engaging 17-minute talks on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as cultural performances from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. 


Today’s Talks:


A Modest Proposal: Enough for everyone


Jim Gurnett
Educator, activist and change organizer


Poverty is glued tightly to greed. To achieve the first SDG, we need a change of focus that asks what to do about the distribution of wealth, not how to lend a charitable hand to those mired in poverty. Every other SDG is linked to this issue, so progress depends on a global transformation regarding wealth. This talk will consider seven directions of change. Don't think those who will be negatively affected by such a transformation will embrace it eagerly!

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    Jim Gurnett has been an educator, activist, and change organizer in schools, government, and social profit organizations. He is committed to explore and promote the implications of "common" as the central concept of life. And he thinks he is pretty blessed to have nine amazing grandchildren. Let him know if you want to see photos...



SDG 5: Five Reasons Gender Equality Matters Globally


Dr. Malinda S. Smith

Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, and Provost Fellow in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy


With few exceptions, the pace of gender equality worldwide is slow, if not stalled. A recent report by the World Economic Forum suggests it will take a century for women to achieve gender parity, and over two centuries to achieve pay equity. Women, especially racialized, remain underrepresented or absent from the leadership and many governance bodies, including parliaments, corporate boards, university, sports and culture, among others. This presentation explains why gender equality is important and five challenges and opportunities for the years to come.


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    Dr. Malinda S. Smith is a professor of Political Science and the Provost Fellow in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Policy at UAlberta. She teaches in the areas of international and comparative politics, gender and politics, critical race and intersectionality studies. Dr. Smith is the co-editor of the forthcoming book, Nuances of Blackness in the Academy (with A. Ibrahim, T. Kitossa, M.S. Smith and Handel K. Wright), co-author of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (Henry et al, 2017), editor of Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism (2010), and co-editor of Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics (with J. Brodie and S. Rein, 2013). She is a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow, the recipient of the ISA-Canada 2018-19 Distinguished Scholar Award, and a 2018 UAlberta Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. 


Securing Renewable Energy for Canada's First Nations and Indigenous Communities

Dr. Lianne Lefsrud
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Faculty of Engineering


Lianne will describe how she is working with First Nations, government agencies, and UAlberta researchers in engineering, geoscience, environmental sociology, and anthropology in the Future Energy System's Geothermal theme to develop and implement geothermal energy in First Nations.


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    Dr. Lianne Lefsrud is an Assistant Professor, Engineering Safety and Risk Management at UAlberta. Specifically, her research examines methods of hazard identification and risk management, risk evaluation and social license to operate, and drivers of technology adoption in oil and gas, mining, pipelining, construction, agriculture, and railroading, among other industries. As most risks are multi-disciplinary in nature, it has also motivated her academic approach: from a BSc in Civil Engineering, to an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sociology (the first Engineering-Arts interdisciplinary degree at UAlberta), to a PhD in Strategic Management and Organization, and now a tenure-track position back in Engineering.


Participatory Democracy Mechanisms in the Global South: Local development from below?

Dr. Pascal Lupien 
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Campus Saint-Jean


Achieving justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions requires direct and sustained participation of all citizens, including marginalized sectors of society. Yet political systems, in both established and emerging democracies, are not designed to incorporate citizen participation. Latin America is the world’s most unequal region and has also become the epicentre of democratic innovation. In neighbourhoods and communities across the region, citizens from marginalized communities are experimenting with innovative ways of deepening democracy. These people are engaged in local mechanisms designed to provide inhabitants of poorer communities with opportunities to exercise agency in local affairs and to support local development initiatives.

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    Dr. Pascal Lupien is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UAlberta’s Campus Saint-Jean. He is also a Research Fellow at the Latin American Research Centre, University of Calgary. His research interests revolve around democratic innovation, civil society, Indigenous social movements, and the factors that enhance or diminish the capacity of marginalized groups to participate in politics.