Congratulations to Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot (School of Public Policy and Global Affairs; Political Science; First Nations and Indigenous Studies), Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics at the University of British Columbia, for being elected as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists by the Royal Society of Canada. The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.
Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot is globally recognized for her expertise and groundbreaking research on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its implementation as well as its wider impacts on theory and practice at the international level. As one of the world’s experts in global Indigenous politics, her research addresses the complex issues underlying the claims and negotiation of the rights of Indigenous peoples in various political spaces. In March 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Dr. Lightfoot as the North American member on the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP).
A total of ten UBC faculty members have been announced by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) as new Fellows and as new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.