HRREC student member Tenille E. Brown attended the Annual Conference of the Association of Property Law and Society (ALPS) held at College of Law, Syracuse University on May 16 to 18, 2019.
ALPS is the leading property law focused research group in North America. Its members provide different perspectives on property law issues, particularly from the critical and social justice perspective. The annual conference attracts attendees from universities across the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and South Africa. The work presented at the conference covers topics such as housing rights, property theory, indigenous land and property, access to water rights and constitutional law and property rights.
Tenille presented a case study from her research at this conference. The title of her presentation was: “Aboriginal Urban Lands, Development and Jurisdiction: A case study analysis of properties in Chaudière Falls, Ottawa.” The presentation focused on the Indigenous land claims made by status and non-status Indians in the area of the Chaudière Falls, a place of historical and spiritual significance for Canada’s Indigenous peoples, but which is now undergoing transformation through commercial development. The information about the case study and context of the property and land issue is unknown in property law circles and the presentation provided an opportunity to share important information about Ottawa. This is the second case study in her thesis.
This conference was the first opportunity she has had to present her thesis findings on this case study. It was an excellent opportunity to explain complex issues to a knowledgeable audience. She received questions and feedback on her presentation from leading academics who work in the areas of property law, legal geography and critical approaches to equitable and fair land use. The experts are based at universities in England (University of Kent, and University of Bristol), and in Canada (University of British Columbia). She would not otherwise have an opportunity to receive feedback from these scholars. She spoke about the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and acknowledged its support in attending.