Land Governance: Past

The first video in the “Land Governance” series examines the historical context of Indigenous Peoples’ dispossession from the lands that sustain them within Canada, and identifies the legal and policy landscape that created the conditions for today’s environmental and social crises. It explores the need to build on the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples, which are rooted in inherent governance of their territories.


  • Land Governance: Present
  • Land Governance: Future
  • David Suzuki is an award-winning geneticist and broadcaster who has written or co-authored more than 50 books, nearly 20 of which are for children! In 1979, he became familiar to audiences around the world as host of CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, which still airs new episodes. From 1969 to 2001, he was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, and is currently professor emeritus. For his support of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Suzuki has been honored with eight names and formal adoption by two First Nations. Read other articles by David, or visit David's website.