First Nations and Indigenous Studies now regularly films events that we organize! This page will host brief write-ups and links to each video.

First Nations and Indigenous Studies | UBC Faculty of Arts – Why Study with FNIS?


First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) is an interdisciplinary Program in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts. Located on the traditional, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, FNIS is honoured to conduct the work we do on their ancestral lands and waters.


W2015 FNIS Speaker Series: Decolonizing the Settler State

Val Napoleon, “Creating Reconciliation Law Stories for Our Grandchildren” (February 5, 2016)

…Law, including Indigenous law, operates with and through stories. Law, including Indigenous law, does not just have the potential to restrain or mask power, it creates new forms and methods of exercising power. This is the central promise and failure of law. Just as it is impossible to talk about stories without talking about power, it is impossible to talk about law without talking about power.

Click here to watch the full lecture by Val Napoleon.


Melina Laboucan-Massimo, “Community-based Solar in First Nations communities and Energy Sovereignty in the Tar Sands” (March 11, 2016)

Indigenous communities are on the frontlines of resource extraction and climate change but we can also be on the frontlines of solutions. These solutions are also critical to addressing the growing impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. The time is now to start implementing renewable energy solutions so communities impacted by resource extraction do not have to live in toxic landscapes continually being sacrificed in the name of ‘progress’. Melina will discuss how energy sovereignty can be built through the decentralization of our energy grid where people are no longer subject to the boom and bust economies of fossil fuels, and where the oil and gas lobby no longer run our governments.

Click here to watch the full lecture by Melina Laboucan-Massimo.