Agenda - (Day One)

9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

9:05

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction

 

Geoff Plant, Q.C.

Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP

 

Brenda Gaertner

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

9:15

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 

Kris Statnyk

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

Stephen Mussell

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

  • The origins of UNDRIP
  • The core articles of UNDRIP
  • International experience
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action, and UNDRIP as the framework for reconcilation
  • Role of Indigenous laws and institutions in implementation

 

10:15

Questions and Discussion

10:30

Refreshment Adjournment

10:45

The Federal and Provincial Governments' Commitment to Implementation

 

Deputy Minister of Justice Nathalie Drouin

Government of Canada

 

Assistant Deputy Minister Jessica Wood, Si Sityaawks

BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

 

  • Adoption of UNDRIP
  • The "10 principles"
  • Bill C-262
  • Law and policy review committee
  • What is "meaningful engagement"?
  • The Recognition Framework
  • Provincial adoption and policy development

 

  11:35

Questions and Discussion

  11:45

Networking Lunch

   1:00

Consent Based Decision Making

 

Councillor Douglas White III

Snuneymuxw First Nation

 

Dr. Val Napoleon

University of Victoria

 

  • Article 32
  • What is meant by "free, prior and informed consent", and what is required to achieve this?
  • What is meant by "may affect them" in Article 19?
  • Legal and political complications
  • How could collaborative content models be useful?

 

   1:50

Questions and Discussion

   2:00

Refreshment Adjournment

   2:15

The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Implementing UNDRIP

 

Reuben George

Tsleil-Waututh Nation

 

Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace

Skeetchestn Indian Band

 

Eugene Kang

West Coast Environmental Law

 

  • Constitution and governance building
  • Elder and community involvement in the process of legal and policy reform and implementation
  • On-the-ground experience with review projects

 

   3:05

Questions and Discussion

   3:15

The Right of Self-Determination

 

Dr. Judith Sayers

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

 

  • What could this look like?
  • How does self-government fit with it?
  • Opportunities and challenges in Canada's current legal and constitutional framework

 

   4:00

Questions and Discussion

   4:10 Chairs' Closing Remarks for Day One
   4:15

Program Concludes for Day One

Agenda - (Day Two)

   9:00

Welcome & Reflections on Day One

 

Geoff Plant, Q.C.

Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP

 

Brenda Gaertner

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

   9:15

Collaborative Decision Making Options

 

Brenda Gaertner

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

  10:05

Questions and Discussion

  10:15

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:30

UNDRIP and Resource Development

 

Geoff Plant, Q.C.

Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP

 

Neil Rayner

Teck Resources Limited

 

  • Bill C-69
  • Treaty lands vs. traditional territories and reserve lands
  • Opportunities and challenges for industry
  • Tools for assisting resource development and economic opportunities?

 

  11:45

Questions and Discussion

  12:00

Networking Lunch

   1:00

Collaborative Government Tools, Including Economic and Social Opportunties

 

Garry Wouters

Coastal First Nations

 

  • Land and Marine Use Planning
  • Article 21
  • Funding for community services
  • Localizing control over services, licences and revenue
  • Changing economic and social outcomes

 

   1:50

Questions and Discussion

   2:00

Refreshment Adjournment

   2:15

UNDRIP as the Foundation for Social and Legal Reconciliation

 

Marry Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Allard School of Law

 

  • Rights of children, youth and families
  • Provincial and federal law, policy and practices
  • UNDRIP as a framework for collaboration, self-determination and connecting human rights
  • Improved outcomes for children

 

Paul Joffe

Lawyer

 

  • International and constitutional status of UNDRIP
  • Indigenous peoples as international and domestic actors
  • Indigenous peoples' rights are human rights
  • Bill C-262 and benefits of a legislative framework
  • Concerns with rights "infringement"

 

   3:00

Questions and Discussion

   3:10

Faculty Roundtable: What Does the Future Look Like?

   3:50

Questions and Discussion

   4:00 Chairs' Closing Remarks
   4:10

Program Concludes