Aboriginal Law Conference 2015

Course Date: November 6, 2015

Total: 3h 4min

Welcome and Introduction

Maria Morellato, QCMandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver
Leah George-WilsonGowling LaFleur Henderson LLP, Vancouver

Latest Developments in the Case Law

The latest precedent-setting cases and their implications for provincial and federal decision-makers, administrative tribunals, industry proponents, and First Nations:

  • Nunatsiavut v. Canada (Department of Fisheries and Oceans), 2015 FC 492
  • Alexandra Morton v. Minister of fisheries and Oceans and Marine Harvest Canada Inc, 2015 FC 57
  • Louie v. Louie, 2015 BCCA 247
  • R. v. Kokopenace, 2015 SCC 28
  • Fort Nelson First Nation v. British Columbia, 2015 BCSC 1180
  • Gottfriedson v. Canada, 2015 FC 706
  • Ominayak v. Penn West Petroleum Ltd, 2015 ABQB 342
  • Saik’uz First Nation and Stellat’en First Nation v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc, 2015 BCCA 154
  • Yellowknives Dene First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), 2015 FCA 148

Kennedy A. Bear RobeMiller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Grand Chief Edward (Akile Ch'oh) JohnFirst Nations Summit Society, West Vancouver
Glen R. ThompsonMinistry of Justice, Victoria

Questions & Discussion

Networking Break

Indigenous Legal Orders and Laws

  • the Supreme Court of Canada has expressly recognized the right of First Nations to be pro-actively involved in the management of their territorial lands; how can Indigenous legal orders and laws be recognized, incorporated, and accommodated?
  • useful examples and cases studies to draw from
  • Impact Benefit and Co-Management agreements—the journey of Imperial Metals and the Tahltan Community and the value of strong partnership

Pierre LebelChairman, Imperial Metals Corporation, Vancouver
Millie Nickason, LLB, MPA — Faculty of Law, University of BC, Vancouver
Erin Tully — Department of Justice, Vancouver

Questions & Discussion

Lunch with Featured Speaker"New Approaches to Reconciliation in Economic and Social Development" 

Geoffrey Plant, QCGall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, Vancouver

Aboriginal Title to Seabeds, Lake and River Beds

  • to date, Aboriginal title has focused on territorial land rights, but how does Aboriginal title apply to seascapes as well as landscapes?; explore the jurisprudence and first principles that inform this question
  • explore the possible evidentiary basis for such title.

Isabel JacksonDepartment of Justice, Vancouver
Clarine OstroveMandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver
Terri-Lynn Williams-DavidsonWhite Raven Law Corporation, Surrey

Questions & Discussion

Networking Break

Resource Development and Environmental Assessment Processes—Pitfalls and Best Practices

  • updates on LNG, Kinder Morgan, Site C, and Northern Gateway
  • lessons learned on navigating environmental regulatory process and stewarding resource development issues within the Aboriginal law context
  • how can the Environmental Assessment Process be improved?

Becky BlackMinistry of Justice, Victoria
Terri-Lee Oleniuk — Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Calgary
Scott A. SmithGowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Vancouver

Questions & Discussion

Aboriginal Title and Private Property

  • the Tsilhqot'in litigation did not consider private property's relationship to Aboriginal title, yet Aboriginal title may be claimed in relation to private lands in future cases
  • neither Aboriginal title nor private property interests are absolute in Canadian law, yet Aboriginal title has constitutional protection whereas private property does not
  • discuss how Aboriginal title may be reconciled with private property interests using the Supreme Court of Canada's developing framework

Professor John BorrowsFaculty of Law, University of Victoria, Victoria

Questions and Discussion