From June 26 to June 28, 2019 Jocelyn Kane, HRREC doctoral student member and director of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness attended the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion’s World Conference on Statelessness. Held in The Hague, The Netherlands, the conference was an interdisciplinary collection of workshops, panel discussions, and artistic interventions that addressed diverse aspects of statelessness, and featured over 300 researchers, activists, civil society practitioners, lawyers, government representatives, artists, and formerly stateless individuals.
Jocelyn organised the ‘Conceptualising and Theorising Statelessness’ panel, and thanks to the generous support of the HRREC was able to present on two important issues: her PhD dissertation proposal on the implications of voluntary statelessness in political theory and governance, and her Centre’s research on the causes and consequences of Indigenous statelessness in Canada. This presentation put Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people and statelessness on the map, and succeeded in expanding the conversation from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South-East Asia regions to the Western hemisphere. Jocelyn also participated in the drafting of a joint statement to States in the Americas on the right to nationality and statelessness in relation to mixed migratory flows from Venezuela. Read the full statement here.