The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by resolution of the UN General Assembly in 2007. UNDRIP was established to guarantee Indigenous Peoples around the world individual and collective rights, and offers guidance to governments on how to recognize and promote those rights. At the time of adoption, Canada voted against the resolution; however, in 2016, Canada dropped its objector status and announced plans to implement UNDRIP in accordance with the Constitution and, in late 2017, announced its support of a Bill that would implement UNDRIP in Canada.

With the ultimate goal of reconciliation in mind, many questions remain as to how UNDRIP can and should be understood and put into practice both procedurally and substantively in the current legal and political reality. This two-day conference assembles a stellar faculty of experts from First Nations, government, industry, academia and the Indigenous legal community to discuss the intricacies of implementing the Declaration and the key issues and uncertainties that need to be addressed to ensure Indigenous rights are adequately respected and reflected in laws, policies and decision-making moving forward.