Agenda - (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

 

Kimberly Webber

Ng Ariss Fong

 

  • 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 - (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?

 

John Rich

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

 

Maya Stano

Gowling WLG

 

  • 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

 

Kate Gunn

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