Beyond Section 35: Building Relationships Symposium

CALGARY – Following hot on the heels of the success of the Beyond Section 35 conferences in Ottawa and Vancouver, we are pleased to announce the latest in the series, Building Relationships, coming this fall in Calgary.  The increasing rate of development and resource extraction, coupled with changes in legislation, has highlighted the great need for further consultation and collaboration between indigenous communities, industry and public governments.  Now is the opportune time to build effective relations and devise actionable steps to move forward.

The Institute on Governance and Treaty 7 Management Corporation will host a two-day event that will bring together indigenous and non-indigenous leaders provide stakeholders with the opportunity to become up-to-date on the latest legal issues and the newest standards in consultation and accommodation, providing them the tools to develop strong working relationships moving forward.

Through earnest efforts to develop ongoing working relationships and engaging in meaningful consultation and accommodation with indigenous communities, public governments and industry can contribute greatly to enhancing prosperity on-reserve and work toward closing the socio-economic gaps between indigenous and other Canadian communities. The symposium will focus on:

  • building the capacity required to have fulsome discussions and reach agreements that address community priorities;
  • ensuring the successful implementation of provincial and federal government policies of consultation and accommodation; and
  • increasing private sector understanding around the duty to consult and accommodate and to assist them in developing meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities.

We are pleased to announce that former Supreme Court Justice, The Honourable Justice Mr. Ian Binnie, will deliver the keynote speech.  Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Hon. Robin Campbell, Minister, Aboriginal Relations, Government of Alberta
  • Bill Werry, Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Relations, Province of Alberta
  • Stan Rutwind, Assistant Deputy Minister, Consultation and Land Claims, Aboriginal Relations, Province of Alberta
  • Shawn Batise, Executive Director, Wabun Development Corporation
  • Michael Wernick, Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Phil Fontaine, Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations
  • Stephen Cornell, Director, Professor of Sociology and of Government and Public Policy, The University of Arizona (The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development)
  • Greg Brady, Manager, Aboriginal Affairs, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Derek Teevan, Senior Vice President Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs, Detour Gold
  • Michael Hudson, Associate Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Justice Canada
  • David de Launay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ring of Fire, Province of Ontario
  • Clay Buchanan, Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Métis Relations, Province of Alberta
  • Cliff Fregin, CEO, New Relationship Trust

Click here to download the Agenda.

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