MEDIA ADVISORY – Inuit Self-Determination: Working towards a national Inuit Policy

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2019

Shawn and Khush Singh attending a conference.

Shawn and Khush Singh Distinguished Lecture Series

In this era of reconciliation, where the federal government and the Canadian public have struggled to match an earnest wish for a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples and the necessary tools to secure it, the Shawn and Khush Singh Lecture Series is proud to host Natan Obed on Monday, November 4, 2019.

President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice for Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic, Mr. Obed has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well-being of Canadian Inuit. He will discuss implementing Inuit self-determination at the federal level, developing an Inuit Nunangat (Inuit regions) policy and the implications for how Canada defines itself.

Following Mr. Obed, a panel of experts hailing from uOttawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences will share their insights.

Since its inception in 2017, the Shawn and Khush Singh Distinguished Lecture Series has endeavoured to bring the world’s top leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and public servants to the University of Ottawa. Previous guests include Lieutenant-General (ret.) the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, and American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney Ralph Nader.


  • Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Veldon Coburn, Assistant Professor, Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies
  • Willow Scobie, Assistant Professor, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies
  • Janique Dubois, Assistant Professor, School of Political Studies (Moderator)

WHAT: Shawn and Khush Singh Distinguished Lecture Series

WHERE: Huguette Labelle Hall (Room 112), Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland, Ottawa, On, K1N 6N8 l Map

WHEN: Monday, November 4, 2019, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


For media inquiries:
Orian Labrèche
Media Relations Officer

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