Agenda - April 14th, 2020 (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

Indigenous Law in the Courts

 

Robert J. M. Janes, Q.C.

JFK Law Corporation

 

  • Recent cases
  • Judicial approaches
  • Upcoming issues

 

  10:00

Questions and Discussion

  10:10

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:25

Recognition and Renewal in the Treaty Process

 

Robert C. Freedman

JFK Law Corporation

 

Mark Stevenson

Mark L. Stevenson & Associates

 

  • The BC Treaty Process's new approach to certainty
  • Review and renewal of modern treaties
  • Expanded approach to consultation in modern treaties
  • Abandoning modification and surrender

 

  11:15

Questions and Discussion

  11:25

Update on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

 

Paul Seaman

Gowling WLG

 

Scott A. Smith

Gowling WLG

 

  • Recent developments in the ligitation

 

  12:15

Questions and Discussion

  12:25

Networking Lunch

   1:30

BC's Implementation of UNDRIP

 

Leah George-Wilson (Sisi-ya-ama)

Miller Titerle/Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

 

  • The road to implementation
  • Opportunities and challenges for government, Indigenous nations and proponents

 

   2:10

Questions and Discussion

   2:30

Refreshment Adjournment

   2:45

Injunctions and Indigenous Law
 

Dani Bryant

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 

Kevin O'Callaghan

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

 

  • Recent successful and unsuccessful injunction applications
  • When to bring an injunction
  • Evidence in injunction applications

 

   3:35

Questions and Discussion

   3:45 Dealing with Conflicting Claims in s. 35 Ligitation
 

Mary Macaulay

Mandell Pinder LLP

 

  • Overlapping claims and disputes between Indigenous groups
  • Notice and adding proper parties

 

   4:35 Questions and Discussion
   4:45 Chair's Closing Remarks
   4:50 Forum Concludes for Day One

Agenda - April 15th, 2020 (Day Two)

   9:00

Welcome & Reflections on Day One

 

Karey Brooks

JFK Law Corporation

 

   9:10

The Federal Court of Canada's Indigenous Law Initiatives
 

The Honourable Michael Phelan

Federal Court of Canada

 

  • The Practice Guidelines for Aboriginal Law Proceedings
  • Indigenous initiatives and issues at the Court

 

  10:00

Questions and Discussion

  10:10

Refreshment Adjournment

  10:25

Is There a Future for the Duty to Consult?

 

Dr. Bruce McIvor

First Peoples Law Corporation

 

  • The duty to consult: past, present and possible future
  • The duty to consult a consent-based framework: UNDRIP, FPIC and the future of consultation and accommodation

 

  11:15

Questions and Discussion

  11:25

Applications for Advanced Costs

 

Karey Brooks

JFK Law Corporation

 

  • Traditional approach to costs
  • When advance costs can be awarded
  • Examples of awards
  • When to apply for advance costs

 

  12:15

Questions and Discussion

  12:25 Networking Lunch
   1:30 Use of Evidence in Rights and Title Litigation
 

Maegen Giltrow

Ratcliff & Company LLP

 

Kate Gower

Gower Modern Law

 

  • Relevance, disclosure and admissibility in infringement & justification trials
  • Rules for expert reports in infringement cases
  • Disturbance mapping
  • Standards for historical documents
  • Presenting electronic evidence in e-trials: pros and cons
  • Recent examples of e-trials in Canada
  • Brief introduction to e-trial and e-evidence presentation programs being used right now

 

   2:20 Questions and Discussion
   2:30 Refreshment Adjournment
   2:45 The Robinson Treaties Annuity Litigation
 

Harley Schachter

Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter Law Corporation

 

  • An overview of the Robinson Treaties annuity litigation
  • The role of the Honour of the Crown

 

   3:35 Questions and Discussion 
   3:45 New Developments in the Standard of Review
 

Kate Blomfield

Ratcliff & Company LLP

 

  • The Supreme Court of Canada's overhaul of the standard of review in Vavilov and Bell
  • Impacts on Aboriginal and Indigenous law cases

 

   4:35 Questions and Discussion 
   4:45 Chair's Closing Remarks for Day Two
   4:50 Forum Concludes