Aboriginal Law Conference 2019


Course Date: November 1, 2019

Full Course Materials
Total: 5h 55min
Total Ethics: 1h 10min

Welcome and Opening Prayer

Elder Shane Pointe Musqueam Indian Band

Territorial Acknowledgement and Reconciliation

  • what does it mean to acknowledge territory
  • what is an appropriate acknowledgment
  • exploring the foundations of reconciliation
  • what are First Nations reconciling?
  • the AGC's directive on litigating with Indigenous people

Moderator: Melissa Kahahxstahlas Louie In-house Legal Counsel, Musqueam Indian Band, Vancouver
Chief Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-Wilson Miller Titerle Law Corporation, Vancouver
Wade caleχwelenexw Grant Chief of Staff, Musqueam Indian Band, Vancouver
Isabel Sa-Gyo Jackson Department of Justice, Vancouver

Break

UNDRIP: Applying International Law in BC

  • implementing the UNDRIP in Canada
  • Bill C-262: strengths and challenges
  • moving forward: the possibility of a new legislative initiativewhat should a new draft bill contain?
  • use of UNDRIP in litigation without legislation

Moderator: Chief Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-Wilson Miller Titerle Law Corporation, Vancouver
Dr. Judith Kekinusuqs Sayers President, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council; Adjunct Professor, School of Business and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria
Gib van Ert Gib van Ert Law, Ottawa and Vancouver

Questions and Discussion

Lunch with Featured Speaker

"UNDRIP: Recognition, Redress, Revitalization, and Reconciliation" 
Grand Chief Edward Akile Ch'oh John
Tl'azt'en Nation, West Vancouver

Economic Development: Getting Good Agreements

  • how to get good agreements that make sense for the community
  • case study: Musqueam-Squamish-Tseil Waututh Partnership
  • emerging industry: Cannabis
  • revenue generation
  • employment and training
  • community consultation
  • consultation and accommodation
  • financing and corporate structuring

Moderator: Isabel Sa-Gyo Jackson Department of Justice, Vancouver
Merle Lagax'niitsk Alexander Miller Titerle Law Corporation, Vancouver
Aaron Kelts’-tkinem Bruce Ratcliff & Company, North Vancouver

Questions and Discussion

Break

Legal and Case Law Update

  • Bigstone Cree Nation v. Nova Gas Transmission Ltd., 2018 FCA 89
  • Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada, 2018 SCC 40
  • Taseko Mines Ltd. v. Tsilhqot’in National Government, 2019 BCSC 1507
  • Trans Mountain Pipeline Cases:
    • Burnaby (City) v. Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, 2015 BCSC 2140 and 2017 BCCA 132
    • Tsleil-Waututh v. Canada (AG), 2018 FCA 153
    • Squamish Nation v. BC (Environment), 2019 BCCA 321
    • Attorney General of BC v. Attorney General of AB, 2019 FC 1195

Saul Joseph Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Naomi Wright Department of Justice, Vancouver

Working for Indigenous Clients: The Client Perspective

  • building trust: how do we think about our clients and how do our clients think about us?
  • listening, hearing, and understanding the community
  • how to communicate and get instructions from outside counsel
  • the role of the lawyer: being culturally competent to represent your client
  • what is different when working for an Indigenous client?
  • how can you do it effectively when you are not Indigenous?

Moderator: Chief Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-Wilson Miller Titerle Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ernie Chetwhilem George Director, Treaty, Lands and Resources, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, North Vancouver
Debra Maxmawidzamga Hanuse Senior Policy Analyst, First Nations Summit, West Vancouver
Melissa Kahahxstahlas Louie
In-house Legal Counsel, Musqueam Indian Band, Vancouver
Aaron Wilson Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver

Questions, Discussion and Closing Comments

Chief Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-WilsonMiller Titerle Law Corporation, Vancouver
Isabel Sa-Gyo JacksonDepartment of Justice, Vancouver
Melissa Kahahxstahlas LouieIn-house Legal Counsel, Musqueam Indian Band, Vancouver