Agenda - April 10th, 2019 (Day One)

9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

9:05

Chair's Welcome and Introduction

 

Robert J. M. Janes, Q.C.

JFK Law Corporation

 

9:10

Keynote Address: Indigenous Representation on the Bench

 

The Honourable Harry S. LaForme

Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

 

10:00

Questions and Discussion

10:10

Refreshment Adjournment

10:25

Indian Status, Discrimination and Proving Indigenous Identity

 

Jaimie Lickers

Gowling WLG

 

  • Recent case law review
  • Legislative response to discrimination challenges to the status provisions of the Indian Act
  • Proving Indigenous identity - the Qualipu Mi'kmaq example

 

11:15

Questions and Discussion

11:25

Infringement of Treaty Rights: Injunctions and Judicial Review

 

Bridget Gilbride

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 

Sonya Morgan

Woodward & Company

 

  • When is a treaty right infringed?
  • How should an infringement case be brought?
  • Injunctions in treaty infringement cases

 

12:15

Questions and Discussion

12:25

Networking Lunch

1:25

The Duty to Consult, Legislation and the Honour of the Crown

 

Robert J. M. Janes, Q.C.

JFK Law Corporation

 

  • What did the Supreme Court of Canada decide?
  • What does this imply for the duty to consult?
  • How might the honour of the Crown apply to the legislative process?
  • What about subordinate legislation?
  • Legislative consultation in modern treaties

 

2:15

Questions and Discussion

2:25

Refreshment Adjournment

2:40

Bill C-262 and Provincial Implementation of UNDRIP
 

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

University of British Columbia

 

  • What is the current status of Bill C-262?
  • What does Bill C-262 do or not do?
  • Provincial implementation of UNDRIP

 

3:30

Questions and Discussion

3:40 Reconciling Sovereignties: The Division of Powers and s. 35 of the Constitution Act
 

Elizabeth Bulbrook

White Raven Law

 

Lisa C. Fong

Ng Ariss Fong

 

Arthur M. Grant

Grant Kovacs Norell

 

  • Reference re Proposed Amendments to the Environmental Management Act
  • Whether "local" governments may apply environmental protection laws to federal oil projects
  • The role of Indigenous sovereignties recognized under s. 35

 

4:33 Questions and Discussion
4:40 Chair's Closing Remarks for Day One
4:45 Forum Concludes for Day One

Agenda - April 11th, 2019 (Day Two)

9:00

Welcome & Reflections on Day One

 

Robert J. M. Janes, Q.C.

JFK Law Corporation

 

9:10

Consultation on Pipelines and Major Linear Projects: the FCA's decision in Tsleil-Waututh

 

Jan Brongers

Department of Justice

 

Leah George-Wilson

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

 

  • What happened in the Federal Court of Appeal?
  • What happened in the BC Supreme Court (Squamish Nation challenge)?
  • What is happening now?
  • Environmental Management Act amendments reference

 

10:00

Questions and Discussion

10:10

Refreshment Adjournment

10:25

Major Project IBAs: What Circumstances Lead to Success?

 

Robert C. Freedman

JFK Law Corporation

 

  • Examples of major projects

 

11:15

Questions and Discussion

11:25

Can Aboriginal Rights Cases Be Litigated?

 

Lisa C. Glowacki

Ratcliff & Company LLP

 

Tim Timberg

Department of Justice Canada

 

  • The Ahousaht decisions

 

12:15

Questions and Discussion

12:25

Networking Lunch

1:25

Indigenous Peoples and Aboriginal Rights in Canada's New Environmental Assessment Legislation

 

Claire Truesdale

JFK Law Corporation

 

  • How does the new legislation work?
  • How are Aboriginal and Treaty Rights treated in the new EA process?
  • How will environmental assessments relate to the duty to consult?
  • How will consent and agreement be considered in the process?

 

2:15

Questions and Discussion

2:25

Refreshment Adjournment

2:40

Damages in Specific Claims and in Court
 

Kate M. Blomfield

Ratcliff & Company LLP

 

  • What have the courts said about damages recently?
  • How are equitable damages approached?
  • Loss of use vs expropriation damages

 

3:30

Questions and Discussion

3:40

Indigenous Law and Legal Orders in Canadian Courts

 

The Honourable Paul Favel

Federal Court of Canada

 

Dr. Bruce McIvor

First Peoples Law Corporation

 

  • Recent case law developments: Beaver v HillPastion v Dene Tha' First Nation
  • Risks and opportunities in applying Indigenous law in Canadian courts
  • Is Indigenous law domestic or foreign law in Canadian courts?
  • Recent initiatives in the Federal Court to prepare for Indigenous law disputes

 

4:30 Questions and Discussion
4:40 Chair's Closing Remarks
4:45 Forum Concludes