Agenda - May 5th, 2021 (Day One)

   9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

   9:05

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction

 

Maxime Faille

Gowling WLG

 

Aaron Christoff

Gowling WLG

 

 

I. Internal Governance

   9:10

The Interplay between Traditional and Modern Indigenous Governance

 

Robert J. Dennis Sr.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations

 

Maegen Giltrow

Ratcliff & Company LLP

 

  • Updating internal governance processes
  • Incorporating traditional governance

 

  9:55

Questions and Discussion

  10:05

Morning Break

  10:20

Choosing Your Leaders

 

Elizabeth Bulbrook

White Raven Law

 

  • Updating election codes
  • Charter issues in elections
  • Residency requirements for running and voting
  • Common election disputes
  • Impact of COVID-19 on election processes

 

  11:05

Questions and Discussion

  11:15

Accountability and Discipline of Elected Members

 

Evan C. Duffy

Parlee McLaw's LLP

 

Rob Louie

President of Band Members Alliance and Advocacy Association of Canada

 

  • Developing discipline procedures
  • Litigation: when internal processes run out

 

  12:00

Questions and Discussion

  12:10

Lunch Break

 

II. Exercising Indigenous Jurisdiction

   1:15

First Nations Jurisdiction over Cannabis Production and Sale

 

Maya Stano

Gowling WLG

 

  • Federal, provincial and Indigenous regulatory frameworks
  • Application to cannabis production and sale on reserve lands
  • Bylaws and other options for enforcement and regulation on reserve
   2:00

Questions and Discussion

   2:10

Afternoon Break

   2:25

Bill C-92 and Jurisdiction over Child and Family Services

 

Scott A. Smith

Gowling WLG

 

Mary Teegee

Carrier Sekani Family Services

 

  • Exercise of jurisdiction over child and family services
  • Minimum standards under the Act
  • Interaction with Indigenous self-governance models

 

   3:10

Questions and Discussion

   3:20

Jurisdiction over Lands - The First Nations Land Management Act
 

Michael McDonald, Q.C.

Clark Wilson LLP

 

  • Overview of the key provisions and application of the FNLMA
  • Ambiguities within the FNLMA and practical strategies to navigate them
  • Preparation and adoption of Land Codes by First Nations

 

   4:05 Questions and Discussion
   4:15 Chairs' Closing Remarks for Day One
   4:20 Forum Concludes for Day One

Agenda - May 6th, 2021 (Day Two)

   9:00

Welcome & Reflections on Day One

 

Maxime Faille

Gowling WLG

 

Aaron Christoff

Gowling WLG

 

 

III. Indigenous Self-Governance

   9:10

Self-Government Agreements

 

Maxime Faille

Gowling WLG

 

  • Self-government agreements: current practices and common issues

 

  10:00

Questions and Discussion

  10:10

Morning Break

  10:25

Panel Discussion: Enforcing Your Nation's Law

 

Facilitated by:

Grand Chief Peter Johnston

Council of Yukon First Nations

 

  • Enforcement strategies and procedures
  • Lessons learned from real life examples

 

  11:25

Questions and Discussion

  11:35

Taxation Under Self-Government Agreements

 

Michael Welters

Aldridge + Rosling

 

  • Taxation powers under self-government arrangements (modern treaties and stand-alone agreements)
  • Property tax, property transfer tax, First Nations sales tax, First Nations GST and personal income tax

 

  12:25

Questions and Discussion

  12:35

Lunch Break

 

IV. Governance and Indigenous Economic Development

   1:30

Structing your Economic Development Corporation

 

Gary Campo

Woodward & Company LLP

 

  • Strategies and pitfalls for setting up and structuring your economic development corporation

 

   2:20

Questions and Discussion

   2:30

Afternoon Break

   2:45

Panel Discussion: Practical Applications of Economic Development Entity Governance

 

Facilitated by:

Aaron Christoff

Gowling WLG

 

  • Lessons learned from real life examples

 

   3:45

Questions and Discussion
   3:55 Chairs' Closing Remarks
   4:00 Forum Concludes