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The Way Forward: Envisioning Treaty Rights in Modern Resource Management conference

Event Information
Start Date/Time19th Feb Fri AM 1:00 (GMT -7)
End Date/Time20th Feb Sat AM 1:00 (GMT -7)
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Conference overview:

Treaty rights regarding natural resources are increasingly discussed in the media and within Aboriginal, legal and industry communities, yet the implications for government processes have received little attention. The Way Forward: Envisioning Treaty Rights in Modern Resource Management will examine the need and opportunity to incorporate treaty rights into Alberta’s natural resource management approach, featuring perspectives from First Nations leaders, leading researchers, lawyers and government regulators. Join us for presentations and discussion with leading researchers and practitioners.

When: February 19 to 21, 2016

Where: University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, 4901 – 46 Avenue, Camrose, AB

Confirmed speakers (other speakers will be added when confirmed):

William Littlechild, Treaty 6 First Nation, Opening Welcome

Robert Janes, LLP, JFK Law Corp., Historic treaties in the modern world

Clayton Leonard, LLP, MLT Law, The status quo and implications of not having a treaty implementation plan

Patricia McCormack, University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies, Emeritus, What do the Alberta treaties say about First Nations access to natural resources?

Dan Stuckless, Fort McKay Band Administration, The difficulty in maintaining the honour of the Crown in a discriminatory system

Matthew Whitehead, Woodland Cree, Building Indigenous knowledge into Alberta’s natural resource management approach

Kim Shade, Alberta Aboriginal Relations (GOA), Title TBA

Daniel Sims, University of Alberta, Augustana, Lecturer, We are all treaty people: Lessons from non-treatied lands

Doreen Somers, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan consultation process

Bill Snow, Stoney (Wesley) Band Administration, The South Saskatchewan regional planning process

Susan Cardinal, Stoney (Wesley) Band Administration, Consultation Officer, Land Use Secretariat Aboriginal consultation in Alberta’s Land Use Framework

Karin Buss, Henning Byrne Law, The Crown’s duty to consult First Nations: Is it protecting treaty rights?

Dee Patriquin & Melanie Daniels, Solstice Canada/TSAG, Define meaningful. How can the consultation system protect treaty rights?

Alan Ehrlich, Mackenzie Valley Review Panel, Implementation of modern treaties:  How well does it work?

Jeff Langlois, JFK Law, Trouble in Yukon’s Pelly River Watershed

Conference organizers:

Dr. Glynnis Hood, University of Alberta, Augustana (Email:, Ph. 780-679-1556)

Dr. Dee Patriquin, University of Alberta, Augustana and Solstice Canada Corp. (Email:

Dr. Patricia McCormack, University of Alberta, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Native Studies

Amanda Doyle, First Nations (Alberta) Technical Services Advisory Group

Melanie Daniels, Kisik Environmental Services

Registration Fees (includes Friday reception and lunch Saturday and Sunday):

Early (before 31 January 2016)




Late (after 31 January 2016, or at event)




Friday evening only$60
Saturday sessions only$120
Sunday sessions only (1/2 day)$60

Draft program: /files/group/2476/DRAFT Program3Feb2016 (1).pdf

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