PBLI turns 25!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

PBLI turns 25!

This is an exciting year for PBLI, marking our 25 year anniversary!

For 25 years, PBLI has been bringing together legal professionals, First Nations, government, and academic and industry leaders to participate in interactive educational events of unsurpassed quality, unique for their multi-disciplined nature.  ...Read More

The National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association is holding a "Friend-Raiser" event on February 12th, 2013 in Toronto, ON

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 | Comments (0)

Please click here to view the brochure for this important event. ...Read More

Collaborative Watershed Governance - Inspiring Leaders for Change

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

´╗┐Almost a month out and the buzz generated at PBLI and The Summit Institute's A Water Gathering: Collaborative Watershed Governance in BC and Beyond - Solutions Forum is still going!

On January 26th & 27th, watershed managers, users and government at all levels, including First Nations, gathered to discuss opportunities for collaborative watershed governance in BC and across Canada. The event was co-hosted by the BC Ministry of Environment, Fraser Basin Council, Living Lakes Canada, Okanagan Basin Water Board, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, Water Policy and Governance Group and Wildsight. Special thanks to the event co-chairs, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo and Grand Chief Edward John, and the Steering Committee for all their hard work. The following highlights the event's key outcomes. ...Read More

Update on the National Aboriginal Policing Forum

Thursday, November 03, 2011 | Comments (0)

An incredible and diverse group gathered last week in Ottawa for the National Aboriginal Policing Forum - what a fantastic event! Everyone came away informed, inspired and better equipped to handle the challenges in this complicated area. Special thanks to our incredible Chair, Jim Potts, O.O.M., and the committed and knowledgeable faculty who shared their stories and best practices over two energizing and full days. Our evaluations state over and over again how valuable each and every presentation was in this well-orchestrated event. We've attached some pictures below to share some of the dynamism. Vancouver next fall, anyone?

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New Directive on First Nations Consultation on Short Term Use of Water Applications

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

The BC Oil & Gas Commission (OGC) has released a new directive on First Nations consultation on short term water use applications. Effective October 20th, 2011, the OGC will now be consulting with applicable First Nations on all applications received for short term water use permits. The appropriate level of consultation with each First Nation will be determined, in part, by the proponent proposed classification of "Information Only" or "Notification with Opportunity to Comment" included in each application and based on a given criteria provided by the OGC. To date, the OGC has often failed to provide First Nations with information on water use applications, arguably in violation of the government's legal duty to consult.

This move by the OGC looks to address one of the many concerns expressed by First Nations, environmental organizations and policy analysts over the OGC's authority to issue short term water use permits. The oil and gas sector is the only industry that obtains water use permits from its own regulator; all other sectors must obtain a water license by going through the Water Stewardship Division, currently housed in the Ministry of Environment. ...Read More