Beyond Section 35 Conference – Vancouver

Over three decades have passed since the enactment of Section 35 of the Constitution Act. To commemorate this landmark and to discuss the future of Indigenous governance in Canada, the BC Treaty Commission and New Relationship Trust, working with the Institute on Governance, will convene Indigenous leaders, practitioners, academics and government representatives for a two-day symposium and one-day workshop at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver on February 19th and 20th, 2013.

The symposium will broadly look at the evolution of Indigenous-government relations since 1982, their current state and ways forward. It is aimed at providing stakeholders with a more holistic view of governance challenges and successes, moving toward what is required to generate the momentum to move beyond litigation and affect change. Holding the Symposium in British Columbia recognizes that many of the most innovative ideas are being developed and implemented in that province, home to almost 203 First Nations.

Day three will involve a workshop for university students focused on the four concurrent themes of governance, economic development, fiscal federalism and social frameworks. Students, led by academics and practitioners, will continue work on a proposed research agenda, inciting further work in an area where research predominately lags.

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