Policy Lecture with Yann Allard-Tremblay


What would it mean to reconcile the sovereignty of the Crown with the pre-existence of Indigenous societies and what are our responsibilities in this matter? In this presentation, Professor Allard-Tremblay argues that non-Indigenous peoples in Canada hold a responsibility to support Indigenous efforts to take their land back and to assert their jurisdiction. This is presented as a way forward to challenge sovereign pretensions by the Crown in a politically transformative fulfillment of past agreements with Indigenous peoples and of international standards included in the UNDRIP, that has the potential to work against impending ecological ruin.

This webinar is for Max Bell School MPP students only. See our Fall 2020 Policy Lecture Series for other webinars that are open to the public.

About Yann Allard-Tremblay

Yann Allard-Tremblay obtained his PhD in philosophy from the universities of St Andrews and Stirling. He previously held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Centre for Research in Ethics of the University of Montréal and at the McGill Research Group on Constitutional Studies. Dr. Allard-Tremblay is a member of the Huron-Wendat First Nation.

Dr. Allard-Tremblay’s current research in political theory is focused on the decolonization and Indigenization of political theory. More specifically, Dr. Allard-Tremblay is interested in investigating ways in which existing mainstream concepts and methods in political theory may silence and distorts the thoughts and claims of Indigenous peoples. He is also interested in investigating ways in which the political thoughts and claims of Indigenous peoples offer alternative ways to think about, and transform, political conduct and political concepts. Dr. Allard-Tremblay’s earlier research was concerned with epistemic theories of democracy. The current focus of his research is the result of a progressive turn to political pluralism.


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