Working Groups

Working groups on specific implementation topics
are at the heart of this exciting conference

In a series of facilitated break-out sessions, participants will examine case study “context” stories, identify barriers, and generate approaches to overcome the challenges preventing full and effective implementation of agreements.

Results of these sessions will be incorporated into the Coalition’s Model Implementation Policy.

Wednesday, February 27: (choose one)

1. Self-Government: Negotiations, Challenges, and the Way Ahead

  • What self-government is intended to do and why it is a step forward
    • Daryn Leas, Council of Yukon First Nations
  • The challenges on the ground in implementing self-government agreements
    • Toby Andersen, Nunatsiavut Government
  • A traditional self–government structure: Teslin Tlingit case study
    • Georgina Sydney, Negotiator, Teslin Tlingit Council
  • Negotiating self-government agreements: news from the trenches
    • Patrick Tomlinson, Gwich’in Tribal Council
2. Dispute Resolution
  • Overview of dispute mechanisms contained in modern treaties
    • Jessica Orkin, Legal Counsel, Grand Council of the Crees
  • Case Study: The Inuvialuit Arbitration Board and how/why it works
    • Vince Teddy, IRC Board Member, Inuvialuit Arbitration Board
  • The Federal Government perspective: resolving implementation disputes
    • Natalie Neville, Director for Quebec-Atlantic-Nunavut, AANDC
  • NTI Summary Judgement: context, implications
    • Jim Aldridge, Legal Counsel, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
3. Industry Partnerships in the Modern Treaty Context
  • Benefit Agreements
    • Kim Gilson, Legal Counsel for Kivalliq Inuit Association
  • Aboriginal Development Corporations & Industry Involvement
    • Brian MacDonald, Chair of Development Corporation, Champagne Aishihik First Nations
  • Case studies and Lessons Learned
    • Speaker TBC
4. The National Implementation Research Agenda
  • The rewards and challenges of modern treaty research; What is unique about researching modern treaties?
    • Graham White, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Case Study: Research in the Inuvialuit Settlement Area
    • Bob Simpson, IRC
  • Who’s who and what’s where: data sources/policy guidelines and protocols for modern treaty research
  • The National Implementation Research Agenda – overview, action items and moving forward/ LCAC member priority research topics and areas
    • Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, PhD
5. Exploring the International Context for Land Claims
  • A Comparison between Canadian, Alaskan and Scandinavian experience and approaches with Modern Treaty agreements and implementation. Chaired by Terry Fenge, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
  • The Canadian Experience
    • Nigel Bankes – University of Calgary
  • The Alaskan Experience
    • Speaker TBC
  • The Sami Experience in Norway
    • Timo Koivurova – University of Lapland

Thursday, February 28: (choose one)

1. The Fiscal Renewal System

  • Federal financial decision-making processes, including budgeting, Department of Finances, Treasury Board and negotiation mandates.
    • Speaker TBC
  • The overall issue of financial adequacy
    • Isabella Pain, Nunatsiavut Government
  • Issues / Challenges with the current fiscal renewal process
    • Matt Mehaffey, Yukon First Nations
2. Navigating Government Relationships: Federal, Territorial/Provincial, Municipal
  • Provincial/Federal relationships
    • Toby Andersen, Nunatsiavut Government
  • Devolution in the NWT
    • Patrick Tomlinson, Gwich’in Tribal Council
  • Devolution in Yukon
    • Daryn Leas, Council of Yukon First Nations
  • Federal Implementation Committees
    • Kimberly Thompson, Director BC-Yukon-NWT Team, AANDC

3. Evaluating Impacts: The Federal Implementation Report Card

  • How full treaty implementation benefits all Canadians; Question of how to measure the impact/effectiveness of treaty implementation
    • Frances Abele, Academic Director for Community Innovation, Carleton University
  • Overview of AANDC and other evaluation frameworks
    • Bob Simpson, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
    • Dianne Lepa, Senior Evaluation Manager, AANDC
  • What criteria could the federal government be evaluated on (building from what AANDC is evaluating IRC on). How to develop a framework for this
    • Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, PhD
4. Environmental Protection and Co-management
  • Increasing resource development and the implications for co-management boards and environmental reviews
    • Norman Snowshoe, Vice President, Gwich’in Tribal Council
  • Land Use Planning and its place in environmental protection and co-management processes
    • Bertha Rabesca Zoe, Legal Counsel, Tlicho Government
  • How the recent Federal changes to legislative bills (including the Environmental Protection Act, Fisheries Act and Navigable Waters Act through Bill C-38, C-45 and S-8) affect modern treaty lands and agreements
    • Jim Aldridge, Legal Counsel, Nisga’a Nation, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
  • The Canada-China trade agreement and how it will affect our regulatory and co-management processes
    • Gus Van Harten, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
5. Academic Papers / Presenters
  • “The Duty to Consult”
    • Dwight Newman, Professor of Law, University of Saskatchewan
  • “Land, Water, Territory: what does the privatization of First Nations land imply for other resource rights?”
    • Jeremy Schmidt, Post-doctoral Fellow, Anthropology, Harvard University
  • “Twenty-Five Years after the Inuvialuit Land Claim Agreement”
    • James Saku, Professor of Geography, Frostburg State University
  • “In Partnership with the State: Assessing the Canadian Co-management Experience”
    • Thierry Rodon, Professor of Political Science, Laval University and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
  • “Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis”
    • Richard Atleo, Research Liaison, University of Manitoba, Associate Adjunct Professor: University of Victoria
  • “Our Journe, Our Choice, Our Future”
    • Heather Castleden, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie and Angela Wesley, Huu-ay-aht (maa-nulth) First Nation, Maa-nulth Implementation Committee member