Modern Treaty Training Workshop for Federal Employees

 


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Full Workshop Proceedings

Wednesday, February 26 2014

PLENARY: Overview of Modern Treaties

What are inherent Aboriginal rights? History of treaty-making in Canada (from the Royal Proclamation forward) Objectives and legal foundations of modern treaties.
Presenters:

  • Jim Aldridge (Legal Counsel, Nisga’a Nation)
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  • Alastair Campbell (Senior Policy Liaison, Nunavut Tunngavik)
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    • View Presentation
  • Natalie Neville (Director, Implementation Branch)
  • Ruth Massie (Grand Chief, Council of Yukon First Nations)

PLENARY: Legislation/Precedence of Laws

Legal status of modern treaties and self-government agreements, relationship of laws
Section 35, provisions for status of treaties in legislation, inconsistencies with other legislation.
Honour of the Crown in recognizing treaty rights
Presenter:

  • Jim Aldridge (Legal Counsel, Nisga’a Nation)
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APPLIED LEARNING: Modern Treaty Agreements – Applied Scenarios

How 1980 land use planning policies led to plan planning provisions in treaty agreements. Nunavut Tunngavik and Tlicho examples of Land Use Planning.
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PLENARY: Implications of Modern Treaties for Federal Departments and Agencies – Part 1

Fundamental objectives of Modern Treaties – stated objectives, implicit objectives (spirit and intent), types of obligations, and how they are defined in treaty agreements
Presenters:

  • Terry Fenge (Advisor, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc)
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  • Allan MacDonald (Director General, Implementation Branch, AANDC)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

PLENARY: Consultation in the Modern Treaty Context

  • The common law duty to consult
  • What does the GoC need to consult on and how?
  • Consultation obligations in modern treaties and the legal duty to consult
  • Federal guidelines on consultation and accommodation: considerations & process for determining consultation requirements in the context of modern treaties

Presenters:

  • Matt Mehaffey (Advisor, Yukon First Nations)
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  • Jeanne Cadorette, AANDC
  • Brian MacDonald, Yukon First Nations

PLENARY: Decision-making, Negotiations and Dispute Resolution Processes in Modern Treaty Agreements – Part 1

  • Key elements of the federal treaty relationship How do CLCAs/SGAs change the treaty relationship?
  • General considerations for working with Aboriginal governments/signatory groups
  • How “implementation” negotiations processes work (between signatories and within the federal government) including financial transfer agreement negotiations, implementation planning, mandating, federal approvals/oversight
  • Dispute Resolution – variations between treaties: implementation panels, arbitration processes, mediation.
  • Implications of federal arbitration policy on implementation
  • What happens when dispute resolution mechanisms fail?

Presenters:

  • Matt Mehaffey (Negotiator, Yukon First Nations)
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  • Bob Simpson (Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Inuvialuit Regional Corp)
  • Jennifer O’Neill & Jake Kennedy (Treaty Managers, Implementation Branch, AANDC)
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    • Listen to Audio:

APPLIED LEARNING: Decision-making, Negotiations and Dispute Resolution Processes in Modern Treaty Agreements – Part 2

Presenter:

  • Stephen Gagnon, Director General, Treaties and Aboriginal Government, AANDC
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CONCURRENT BREAKOUT A: Land and resource jurisdictions – who owns what, who manages what

  • How do jurisdictions and mandates of Aboriginal groups, Federal/Territorial/Provincial governments, resource management boards and private sector interrelate?
  • Key areas of interest for government officials: land access criteria (notification process; consultation and engagement, permitting and land use planning, regulatory regimes); environmental and socio-economic assessment of projects; resource development implications and requirements.
  • Case Studies: Inuvialuit Joint Secretariat, Tlicho Government

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CONCURRENT BREAKOUT B: Economic Measures

  • Government contracting obligations
  • Procurement tools
  • Impact Benefit Agreements – what they are, benefits, examples

Presenters:

  • Alastair Campbell (Senior Policy Liaison, Nunavut Tunngavik)
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    • View Presentation: available soon
  • Dennis Brunner (Senior Advisor, Implementation Branch, AANDC)
  • Neida Gonzalez (Senior Consultant, Consilium)

PLENARY: Tools and Guidance for Federal Officials

Guides, web-based resources and tools
Implementation Management Framework: components, purpose, presentation at Caucus
Presenters:

  • Deb Shortt (Manager, Implementatiom Branch, AANDC)
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  • Alain L’Abbé (ATRIS Manager, Consultation and Accommodation Unit, AANDC)
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APPLIED LEARNING: Best Practices from Departments and Agencies

What departments are doing well, how they can learn from each other.
Departmental policies, guidelines and tools related to modern treaty implementation.
Case studies / brainstorming on resolving horizontal management issues
Presenters:

  • Maggie Julian (Manager, Aboriginal Affairs, Environment Canada)
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  • John Moses (Policy Analyst, Aboriginal Affairs Directorate, Canadian Heritage)
    • Read Proceedings
    • Listen to Audio:
  • Colonel Stephen Sibbald (Department of National Defense)
  • Jeff Bender (Employment & Skills Development Canada)
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