Land & Water Rights: An Indigenous Matriarch’s Perspective

SFU Economics      13 Jul 2023      Leslie and Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium, SFU Burnaby      Partner/affiliate event

1 – 3 p.m. | Leslie and Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium. SFU Burnaby

Part One of the David & Cecilia Ting Lecture Series on Land & Water Rights, Indigenous Perspectives.


Esteemed Indigenous Matriarch and activist Miranda Dick of the Secwépemc Nation will discuss some of the challenges currently being faced by First Nations and communities in BC resulting from the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline project.

By sharing her personal experiences and insights, she’ll shed light on the challenges faced by First Nations and communities in British Columbia due to the TMX project. She will offer practical strategies for development projects to proceed in a way that honours Indigenous sovereignty and culture.

This lecture will provide a unique opportunity for the public to hear Indigenous voices and participate in the process of truth-telling and reconciliation.


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DATE & TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT

LOCATION: Leslie and Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium, SFU Burnaby



Miranda Dick is a Hereditary Matriarch in the Secwépemc Nation who educates Indigenous youth about safety on the frontlines and around the importance of safeguarding oneself.

Dick has organized everything from frontline action camps to land occupations, where she and others use and access their lands in the ways the Secwépemc people always have. These include berry picking camps, bark harvesting, hunting camps and even art camps. At each camp, she has worked hard to meet the health and safety needs of those present.


This three-part lecture series hosted by lecturer Martin Santamaria (SFU Economics) aims to provide a thought-provoking discussion delving into critical issues affecting Indigenous communities in British Columbia and beyond.

Through a combination of expert speakers and lively discussions, we’ll explore the intersection of leadership, environmental rights, and infrastructure development, highlighting the perspectives of Indigenous leaders, activists, and scholars. The series will provide a platform for involving indigenous voices in the University’s journey towards telling the truth and reconciling for the future.

Funding for this series is generously provided by the David & Cecilia Ting Endowment for Education for Public Responsibility.