Indigenous peoples and colonialism

Indigenous peoples, genocide and the standoff at Standing Rock

This seminar aims to look into the historic genocide of indigenous peoples, the growing understanding that genocide includes the extinguishment of culture and the environment on which we all depend, and their relevance to one of the largest and longest acts of recent indigenous resistance in the USA now taking place at Standing Rock.

On the occasion of the publication of University of California Los Angeles historian Benjamin Madley’s book on the genocide of the indigenous peoples of California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s, the Human Rights Consortium invites the author to make the case for this little known period of Californian history that reduced the native population from 150,000 to some 16,000 in a period of 20 years. Meticulously gathering evidence of over 370 massacres, often federally instigated and funded, Madley demonstrates that these acts fall squarely within the articles of the Genocide Convention.


Prof Colin Samson (Essex)

Event date: 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 5:00pm