UBC Expert Seminar: Repatriation of Indigenous Cultural Property

The University of British Columbia is organizing an expert seminar on March 4 & 5, 2020, at the UBC First Nations Longhouse, on the theme “Repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” in support of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP).

The event is open to the public and will be streamed live on this page.

For more information on the seminar, go to the bottom of this page.


Day 1: Wednesday, March 4, 9 a.m – 5 p.m.


Day 2: Thursday, March 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Established in 2007, the Expert Mechanism has a mandate to provide the Human Rights Council with expertise and advice on the rights of Indigenous peoples as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and assist UN Member States, upon request, in achieving the ends of the Declaration through the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the rights of Indigenous peoples.

About the Seminar

The Expert Mechanism recently decided to undertake a report on the theme of repatriation of ceremonial objects and the human remains of Indigenous peoples currently in the hands of state institutions, e.g. museums and universities. One of the objectives of this seminar will be to provide input to the report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2020.

This free seminar offers a special opportunity for First Nations citizens, faculty, students and the public to learn about Indigenous and state perspectives on issues related to the repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains.

This expert seminar is co-organized by UBC’s Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs, with the support of the First Nations House of Learning and the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers).

Event Information & Registration

Visit this Eventbrite page for additional event information, including agenda, registration and keynote speaker, featuring Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.