A man who former U.S. president Bill Clinton once called "probably the world's most important living economist" is coming to Thompson Rivers University.
Hernando de Soto is best known for his celebrated solutions to poverty through land rights, which he disseminates through his own think tank, the Institute for Liberty and Democracy.
His ideas have helped more than a million people in his native Peru gain land title. He's also helped more than 380,000 organizations previously operating in the black market economy gain entry into the formal economy.
Next week, he will discuss the question of land ownership among First Nations.
The Tk'emlups Indian Band is among many groups governing reserves that want changes found in the proposed First Nations Property Ownership Act.
The act would allow residents of reserves to own title to their own properties and houses for the first time.
It would encourage business, employment, tax revenue and education opportunities, says the TIB.
However it's also been criticized as a means of turning the collective ownership of reserve lands over to by individuals who could then sell it to non-First Nations peoples, land-holding companies and corporations, like Enbridge.
De Soto presents his views on Oct. 4 in the Mountain Room, from 10 to 11:15 a.m.