Agenda - November 19th, 2019 (Day One)

   9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

   9:05

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction

 

Merle Alexander

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

 

Janelle Dwyer

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

   9:10

Member Consultation on IBAs

 

Janelle Dwyer

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

  • What have the courts said about when and how member consultation should be done?
  • When council can sign off on an IBA

 

  10:00

Questions and Discussion

  10:20

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:35

Re-opening an IBA

 

Rob Miller

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

 

  • Material change = re-negotiation?
  • Considerations in building an agreement for survival
  • After the agreement: looking for vulnerabilities to cause termination

 

  11:25

Questions and Discussion

  11:35

Gender Discrimination in IBAs

 

Sarah Morales

University of Victoria

 

  • Identifying implicit gender inequality in IBAs
  • Key areas of discrimination: skills & training; male-centered higher waged positions; violence against Indigenous  women on job sites and camps; pathways forward
  • MMIWG recommendations for extractive resource industries

 

  12:20

Questions and Discussion

  12:30

Networking Lunch

   1:25

Panel: Foreign Investments in First Nations

 

Facilitated by:

Aref Amanat

Mandel Pinder LLP

 

  • Negotiation challenges and steps
  • Foreign investment standards on Aboriginal territory
  • Cross-cultural education challenges and recommendations
  • UNDRIP compliance in foreign investments

 

   2:35

Questions and Discussion

   2:45

Refreshment Adjournment

   3:00

Indigenous-led Environmental Assessments
 

Sunny LeBourdais

Sunny LeBourdais

 

  • Building understanding through Indigenous knowledge and law
  • Respectful recognition, impact benefit agreements and environmental assessments

 

   3:50

Questions and Discussion

   4:00 Chairs' Closing Remarks
   4:05 Program Concludes for Day One

Agenda - November 20th, 2019 (Day Two)

   9:00

Welcome & Reflections on Day One

 

Merle Alexander

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

 

Janelle Dwyer

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

   9:10

Equity Ownership: Game Changer Or Spoiler?

 

Mark Podlasly

First Nations Major Projects Coalition

 

  • Equity ownership as one of the better financial tools in the IBA toolkit
  • Whether equity ownership allows nations to better direct projects
  • Considerations for different sectors: pipelines, mining, renewables

 

  10:00

Questions and Discussion

  10:10

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:25

Case Study: Trans Mountain Expansion Project

 

Tamara Napoleon

Miller Titerle Law Corporation

 

  • The Trans Mountain Expansion Project

 

  11:15

Questions and Discussion

  11:25

Free, Prior & Informed Consent in IBAs

 

Merle Alexander

Miller Titterle Law Corporation

 

  • Consent-based Indigenous legal orders
  • "Free, prior and informed consent" as the new incarnation of Indigenous legal orders

 

  12:10

Questions and Discussion

  12:20

Networking Lunch

   1:20

Implementing Indigenous Laws with Private Companies

 

Ginger Gibson

Firelight Group

 

Rebecca Johnson

University of Victoria

 

Chief Larry Nooski

Nadleh Whut-en First Nation

 

  • Indigenous commercial laws
  • The keys to successful implementation: What it takes to make agreements workable in the implementation years, as well as renegotiate them
  • Nadleh Water Law

 

   2:40 Questions and Discussion
   2:50 Refreshment Adjournment
   3:05 First Nations Economic Development Corporations
 

Conrad Browne

K'awat'si Economic Development Corporation

 

  • Governance issues between the nation and its corporate entity, challenges and solutions
  • Strategic planning for economic development corporations

 

   3:45

Questions and Discussion

   3:55

Chairs' Closing Remarks

   4:00

Program Concludes