Natural resources, including fisheries, play an important historic, economic and cultural role for Aboriginal people in Canada. Accordingly, effective management and sustainability of these resources is of utmost importance to Aboriginal communities. Key in this pursuit is the recently released final report from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (the “Cohen Commission”), providing recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the fishery.

This forum assembles an expert faculty to discuss key issues in environmental, Aboriginal and administrative law raised by the Cohen Commission and its final report. We will review its key findings and recommendations and discuss the opportunities and challenges in implementing its recommendations.

In addition, our esteemed faculty will update you on changes in environmental law and processes, including the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and the intersection with and impact on Aboriginal rights.

Finally, we will discuss how we can improve multi-stakeholder processes and consider future opportunities and challenges in fisheries and aquatic resource management.

This is a must attend program for everyone involved in Aboriginal law, environmental law and resource management. Come and be part of the dialogue.