New Approach to Indigenous Treaty-Making in BC

Monday, September 09, 2019 | Comments (0)

On September 4, 2019, Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Summit jointly announced a new policy for treaty negotiations in BC. The policy bases treaty negotiations on the recognition of Indigenous rights, identifying the right to self-determination as the “starting point of negotiations”. Treaties negotiated under the new policy will provide for recognition and continuation of Indigenous rights, without those rights being modified, surrendered or extinguished when a treaty is signed. It incorporates principles from the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. This policy, along with the federal government's move to forgive or reimburse First Nations about $1.4 billion in treaty loans, aims to restore trust in the treaty negotiation process.

BC’s treaty negotiations framework and the BC Treaty Commission were established in 1992. Since then, three treaties have been concluded with seven BC Nations.

An Introduction to Parenting Coordination

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Comments (0)

Learn more about parenting coordination and other family law topics by attending PBLI’s upcoming program “Family Law 2019: Parenting and Custody” on October 8th, 2019. Celebrate PBLI’s 30th anniversary with a 30% discount off the registration fee by quoting promo code “PBLI30” when you register.

PBLI's 30th Anniversary Celebration - 30% Off!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments (0)

PBLI is proud to have served BC’s legal, business and Indigenous communities for the past 30 years. As a celebration of our 30th anniversary, and to say thank you to all of you who have made this possible through your patronage and support, we are excited to announce a one-time special offer for both new and returning delegates.

Peel Watershed: SCC affirms the Honour of the Crown in Modern Treaty Implementation

Friday, December 08, 2017 | Comments (0)

On Friday December 1, 2017, in First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, et al. v. Government of Yukon, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a unanimous decision on  the Peel Watershed land use planning process that is an integral part of  the Umbrella Final Agreement. The Court allowed the appeal on key parts of Yukon First Nations and several other Yukon parties’ five-year struggle  over the application of this  planning process. The Court found the Yukon government failed to fully respect the terms constitutionally entrenched in the planning process.

The Peel Watershed decision makes a vital contribution to what the Court’s role will be in resolving disputes arising from modern treaties. This decision sets important guidelines governing how courts can safeguard rights of all parties enshrined in treaties. The Court recognized  the important contribution treaties make to  reconciliation between First Nation and all  other Canadian governments. ...Read More

Announcement: Rebecca Levi is our new CEO

Monday, September 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Pacific Business & Law Institute is excited to announce the appointment of Rebecca Levi as our new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1st, 2017. Ms. Levi has been part of the PBLI team for over four years, first in the role of Director of Programming, and currently as Acting CEO since June 2017. Ms. Levi succeeds Pauline Cusack, the Founder and Owner, who has dedicated her career to establishing and building the business over the past 27 years. Ms. Cusack will remain with PBLI in the position of Strategic Advisor.