Agenda - April 25th, 2018 (Day One)


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chair's Welcome and Introduction


Robert J.M. Janes, Q.C.

JFK Law Corporation



The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People


Kevin O' Callaghan

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP


Bridget Gilbride

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP


Dr. Gordon Christie

University of British Columbia


  • Background on the UN Declaration
  • The Federal Government's commitment to implementation
  • Enforcing the promises



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Pipeline Litigation: Where Have We Been, and What's Coming Down the Pipes?


Jan Brongers

Department of Justice


Elin Sigurdson

Mandell Pinder


Terri-Lynn William-Davidson

White Raven Law Corporation


  • Update on the pipeline litigation
  • Enbridge, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Eagle Spirit



Questions and Discussion


Networking Lunch


The Ring of Fire


Krista Robertson

JFK Law Corporation


  • Land use planning and the Far North Act
  • Implementing the Regional Framework Agreements for the Ring of Fire - Limits and Opportunities



Questions and Discussion

   1:50 Refreshment Adjournment

Site C: How to Litigate Issues around Infringement of Treaty Rights


John W. Gailus

DGW law Corporation


Rosemarie Schipizky

Department of Justice


  • Current challenges to the Site C dam project
  • Decisions form the FCA and SCC



Questions and Discussion


Métis Consultation


Jean Teillet

Pape Salter Teillet LLP


  • What is happening with the Métis post-Daniels?
  • Métis in the North West Territories



Questions and Discussion

   4:05 Chair's Closing Remarks for Day One

Program Concludes for Day One

Agenda - April 26th, 2018 (Day Two)


Welcome & Reflections on Day One


Robert J.M. Janes, Q.C.

JFK Law Corporation



Religious Freedom and the Duty to Consult


Kathryn Teneese

Ktunaxa Nation Council


Jeffrey Huberman

Grant Huberman Barristers & Solicitors


  • The SCC decision in Ktunaxa Nation
  • Freedom of conscience and religion - Charter protections
  • Section 35 considerations



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


The New Fiscal Framework


Matthew Mehaffey

Westaway Law Group


  • The Memorandum of Understanding
  • The Federal Government's December 2017 fiscal report



Questions and Discussion


Consultation and the Regulatory Approval Process


Robert J.M. Janes, Q.C.

JFK Law Corporation


  • The SCC decisions in Clyde River and Chippewas
  • The role of regulatory bodies in the consultation process
  • What is required to meet consultation requirements when navigating the regulatory approval process?



Questions and Discussion

  12:25 Networking Lunch

Treaty Obligations and Land Use Planning


Thomas Berger, Q.C.

Aldridge + Rosling LLP


  • The Peel Watershed decision at the SCC
  • The Crown's duties with respect to treaty implementation
  • Where is the right place to start over?



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Treaty 8 Boundary Dispute


Allison Russell

Rana Law


Joel Oliphant

Ministry of Attorney General (BC)


  • Historical background to the case/factual matrix
  • Applicable law - treaty interpretation
  • Overview of Justice Johnston's decision
  • Parties use of expert witnesses, 'common book' and e-trial



Questions and Discussion

   3:55 Chair's Concluding Remarks

Program Concludes