There was only standing room available at the Vigod Lecture in Human Rights on Nov. 2, when Pamela Palmater discussed the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo by Sarah Morin/The Aquinian)
Palmater was asked, in June 2017, to deliver the 2017 Dr. Bernie Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights at St. Thomas University, and to become the inaugural recipient of the Human Rights Award bestowed by the Atlantic Human Rights Centre.
The lecture series commemorates Dr. Bernie Vigod, a Jewish-Canadian historian, educator and advocate for human rights and civil liberties, and a strong supporter of First Nations' rights and values.
The lecture took place at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB, on 02 November 2017. Palmater spoke about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada; the work of the public inquiry and its impact; and the need for a human rights framework that would examine which rights were violated, who they were violated by, why they were violated and what the impact was, how those breaches of human rights can be corrected and how those affected can be compensated.
Dr. Palmater was presented with the Atlantic Human Rights Centre Award for Excellence in Human Rights (see below)
For full coverage of the lecture, see Sarah Morin, "MMIW need human rights," The Aquinian, 08 November 2017. The lecture also resulted in a feature story in the Winter 2018 edition of Connections, the alumni magazine of St. Thomas University, a shortened version of which appeared on the Alumni news website.