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Panel 3: Tenure and use rights across traditional lands and waters

Webinar Series: Natural Resource Policy, Culture and Law: Land and Water Governance and Minority Peoples in the Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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This session discusses different forms and proposed forms of tenure and use rights that have been used by states and Indigenous peoples. It discusses various legal, policy and political difficulties Indigenous groups and state policy makers have encountered in establishing these tenures and use rights. In addition to issues involving traditional lands, this session will also discuss issues involving interests in freshwater, the foreshore and marine areas. In many states these submerged and tidal flood areas are under a separate legal designation. This has led to additional obstacles to the exercise of those customary rights in the river and lakes, the foreshore and seabed. This session discusses the Indigenous use rights, management and property interests in the freshwater, the foreshore and in marine areas.

Moderator: Awi Mona (Chih-Wei Tsai) (National Dong Hwa University)


  • Valmaine Toki (University of Waikato): “Customary tools to achieve sustainability – rahui and ahumoana a case study”
  • Bruce McIvor (First Peoples Law Centre): “Aboriginal title in Canada and the foreshore”
  • Frank Bibeau (tribal attorney for Honor the Earth and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe): “The Rights of Nature and the protection of treaty rights”
  • Bradley Cardozo (PhD candidate, UCLA): “Climate Justice, Indigenous Politics, and “Coal-igarchy”: The Threat of Coal Power Expansion into the Ancestral Domain of the Aeta Magbukun People of Bataan Province, Philippines”

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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Center, University of New England (Australia) First Peoples First Peoples Rights and Law Centre (FPRLC); Science and Technology Innovation Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS); National Chengchi University, Taiwan