Agenda - January 12th, 2021


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Rosanne Kyle

Mandell Pinder LLP


Mark Underhill

Arvay Finlay LLP



Case Law Update


Jamie Arbeau

Ratcliff & Company LLP


  • A discussion of recent important cases in Aboriginal litigation



Questions and Discussion


Morning Break


The Honour of the Crown


Jack Woodward, Q.C.



  • Recent case law on the Honour of the Crown



Questions and Discussion


Litigating Charter Issues on behalf of Indigenous Peoples


Angela Bespflug

Murphy Battista LLP


Kris Statnyk

Mandell Pinder LLP


  • Indigenous class actions and Charter rights
  • Dickson v Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation: Indigenous self-determination, inherent rights and the Charter



Questions and Discussion


Lunch Break


Litigating Aboriginal Claims in the Modern Era


Jennifer Chow, Q.C.

Department of Justice Canada


Prothonotary Kathleen Ring

Federal Court of Canada


  • Case management in Federal Court: recent developments
  • Practice tips at the Federal Court
  • Online advocacy
  • Recent significant practice cases at the Federal Court



Questions and Discussion


Afternoon Break


Addressing the Challenges of Overlapping Claims


Dr. Roshan Danesh, Q.C.



Erin Thomson-Leach



  • The case law on overlaps
  • Finding a better way forward: an institution to resolve overlaps between Nations
  • Designing appropriate resolution approaches, grounded in the UN Declaration and Indigenous legal orders



Questions and Discussion


Ethical and Practice Issues

Rosanne Kyle

Mandell Pinder LLP


Mark Underhill

Arvay Finlay LLP


  • Knowing your client and who you're acting for
  • Dealing with band council changes and disputes
  • The growing challenge of navigating conflicts


   4:30 Questions and Discussion
   4:40 Chairs' Closing Remarks
   4:45 Program Concludes