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Pamela Palmater to speak at Mount Allison

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For Immediate Release: September 10, 2015

Pamela Palmater to speak at Mount Allison, Sept. 21

SACKVILLE, NB — Mi’kmaw lawyer, advocate, and professor Dr. Pamela Palmater will be the first speaker in Mount Allison University’s President’s Speakers Series, celebrating the Year of the Environment on campus. Palmater’s talk, entitled Canada’s Environmental Crisis and Why Indigenous Rights are the Solution will take place on Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Crabtree Auditorium. Everyone is welcome.

Palmater is an associate professor and chair in indigenous governance department of politics and public administration at Ryerson University. She has received many honours and awards for her legal, academic, and activist work for indigenous rights.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming Dr. Palmater to Mount Allison as the first speaker in the President’s Speakers Series and also as this year’s Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Lecturer in Canadian Studies,” says Mount Allison’s Centre for Canadian Studies director and English professor Dr. Christl Verduyn. “Pamela’s work with Canada’s indigenous communities is significant and we look forward to having her on campus.”

Palmater has been a lawyer since 1998 and is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Indigenous Bar Association. She has worked for several federal government departments and committees on aboriginal issues.

With family originating from Eel River Bar First Nation in Northern New Brunswick, Palmater now teaches at Ryerson University in aboriginal governance and justice, comparative indigenous studies, human rights, and constitutional law. Her work has been published extensively in several academic journals and she has appeared on many national media programs and publications.

In 2012 Palmater was inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society and named a Woman of Distinction (social justice category) by the YWCA. This year she was elected an associate senior fellow at Massey College (University of Toronto) and received the Alumni Award of Distinction from the University of New Brunswick.

Dr. Palmater’s Mount Allison lecture is co-sponsored as the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Lecture in Canadian Studies.

About the Year of the Environment at Mount Allison University

One of the pillars in Mount Allison University’s Strategic Statement, the Year of the Environment will encourage the campus and wider community to explore issues relating to their surroundings through several lenses — scientific, societal, cultural, and humanitarian on a local, national, and international scale.

The Year of the Environment will see several noted speakers, activists, and academics visit campus through the annual President’s Speakers Series. This year’s line-up also includes: environmental activist and writer Tzeporah Berman (Nov. 4) ; marine conservation biologist Boris Worm (Nov. 16) ; and award-winning journalist and best-selling author Naomi Klein (Jan. 26) (


Note to editors and reporters: Pamela is available for media interviews leading up to her Mount Allison visit. Please contact Laura Dillman Ripley if you wish to make arrangements for an interview.


Laura Dillman Ripley
Media Relations Officer, Assistant Editor of the Record

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