David C. Knoll, Knoll & Co. Law Corporation, Surrey, BC. Mr. Knoll has been practising in the area of Aboriginal law for over 30 years, with an emphasis, in the last 25 years, on specific claims preparation and negotiation. He writes and speaks frequently on a broad range of First Nation matters. Mr. Knoll has worked on land claim matters in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick. He has provided advice to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the Assembly of First Nations and to tribal councils in several provinces on a variety of issues. He has been involved in the preparation of over 52 claims and involved in the settlement of approximately 31. Mr. Knoll has appeared before provincial and superior courts on Aboriginal issues, held hearings before the Indian Claims Commission and participated in proceedings before the Specific Claims Tribunal.



Ralph A. Beattie is a Reserve Creation Specialist previously employed with Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan as Executive Director of the Treaty Land Entitlement Trust. He is a leading authority on Reserve Creation and sat as a member of the Assembly of First Nations Joint Working Group on revising the Additions to Reserve Creation legislation and policy. Worked term position with Indigenous and Northern Affairs assisting another First Nation and worked on First Nation legacy issues. Ralph has been directly involved in purchasing over 57,000 acres of land in Saskatchewan and converted over 44,000 acres to reserve status in the past ten years. This work resulted in Cowessess First Nation achieving their shortfall acres of 53,312 within twelve years of the agreement.


Clement Chartier, Q.C., President, Métis National Council, Ottawa, ON. Mr. Chartier, a citizen of the Métis Nation, was born at Ile a la Crosse in Northwest Saskatchewan and raised in the nearby Métis community of Buffalo Narrows. He is a lawyer, writer, lecturer and activist and has served in both political and administrative capacities with numerous Indigenous peoples organizations nationally and internationally. President Chartier is best known for his work on Métis and Indigenous rights. In 2003, President Chartier was elected President of the Métis National Council and is currently serving his fourth-term. A seasoned political figure and recipient of a Queen’s Counsel distinction for his work in law, President Chartier has pushed the Métis Nation’s rights agenda at various levels of Canada’s judicial system and continues to provide counsel in on-going Métis-specific cases. Focused on strengthening the Métis Nation from its core – President Chartier’s goal during the next few years is to move the Métis Nation closer to adopting a new modern Métis Nation Constitution.


Trisha Delormier-Hill, Executive Director, Lands and Consultation Branch, Ministry of Government Relations, Government of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK. Trisha Delormier-Hill holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton University. Ms. Delormier-Hill has extensive experience working in the areas of intergovernmental and aboriginal affairs for both federal and provincial governments. Ms. Delormier-Hill has been part of the Saskatchewan Public Service for the past 12 years and has primarily been involved in land claims implementation and working with First Nations and the federal government on the implementation of the Saskatchewan Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement, 1992.


Kathy L. Hodgson-Smith, Hodgson-Smith Law, Saskatoon, SK. Ms. Hodgson-Smith is a Saskatoon lawyer who practices criminal and Aboriginal law under the firm name Hodgson-Smith Law. She is currently representing the Metis on both Aboriginal rights and title matters in Saskatchewan. She has litigated in all levels of court including Provincial, Court of Queen’s Bench, Courts of Appeal in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Federal Court of Appeal, and as co-counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is leading various international and national policy initiatives for the Métis National Council (MNC) in Ottawa on the environment including the current Pan-Canadian Strategy on Climate Change; Canadian Environment Assessment and National Energy Board Review; National Environment Committee. She chaired the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee process which established a national standard for the effective operation of Metis Nation Registries. She continues to sit on Canadian delegation at various meetings under the CBD. And represents the MNC at various sessions of the United Nations including WIPO and Climate Change.


Christopher L. Lafleur, Acting Director, Native Law Centre of Canada, Saskatoon, SK. Chris is Métis from Saskatchewan and is currently taking a leave from being Senior Counsel in the Aboriginal Law Services with the Department of Justice in order to fill the position of Acting Director of the Native Law Centre. Chris began his career as a negotiator with the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). He was the Lead Negotiator of the Comprehensive Land Claims Implementation negotiating team dealing with Treaty negotiations in the Yukon and was legal advisor to Canada’s negotiator regarding the comprehensive claim of the Labrador Inuit. Chris was also lead counsel for Canada on the revisions to the Indian Referendum Regulations; the Band Council Election Regulations and the drafting of a new taxation regime on reserve lands which became the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act. In 2002, Chris moved to the Saskatoon Office to provide advice on operational matters to the Regional AANDC Client. Since then, his files have included numerous addition to reserve files, economic development on reserve (oil, gas, mining, casinos, strip malls) and the settlement of flooding claims along the Qu’Appelle water system.


Darcy Proulx, Manager, Additions to Reserve/Claims Support, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Regina, SK. Darcy has been with the department for over 34 years involved mainly with on reserve lands and resource development. He’s been involved with Treaty Land Entitlement for 15 years with the last 8 years as the manager where he oversees the implementation of specific claims and the reserve creation process for the Saskatchewan region.


Frank Tough, Ph.D., Professor of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. Professor Tough has published articles/chapters on the transfer of Rupertsland, Indian economic behaviour during the fur trade, the commercialization of sturgeon fisheries, the importance of fish to the Métis, the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement, the Métis Scrip system; and most recently, a comparison of land losses by the Maori, Allotment Indians and the Métis. Books include: “As Their Natural Resources Fail”: Native Peoples and the Economic History of Northern Manitoba, 1870-1930, and co-authorship with Arthur J. Ray and Jim Miller, Bounty and Benevolence: A History of Saskatchewan Indian Treaties(2000). Tough’s specialization in archival research regarding Native economic history has resulted in participation as an expert witness in several court cases concerning treaty rights and Métis harvesting rights. He directed the MAP Lab that produced the Métis National Council’s Historical Online Database.