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Navigating Canadian Law and Policy Regarding Indigenous Peoples

Online synchronous sessions each weekday

Registration: Click here to register.


Over the past two decades in Canada, landmark court decisions have mandated free, prior and informed consent and the duty to consult and accommodate; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) developed a set of Calls to Action; and, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted with the intention to implement. In this context, it has become increasingly important for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Canada to have a working knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal rights, law and policies, and how they apply to their work in relation to Indigenous Peoples and communities, territories, businesses and government.

The precedent setting agreements between the Haida Nation and the federal and provincial governments, and the ongoing Haida title case, serves as the backdrop for this program. Participants will learn from legal experts, local professionals and knowledge holders, who will provide insight into how relationships, processes and practices on Haida Gwaii and elsewhere are advancing reconciliation in Canada.

Program Instructors

Course Organization

Participants will need to plan for a daily one-hour and half synchronous session Monday – Friday at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern (10 in total) between October 26th to November 6th, 2020; and time on their own during the week and on weekends to do activities that will prepare them for each synchronous session.

Agenda and Learning Objectives

In this 10 day program participants will be equipped with an understanding of:

  • History of law and policy in Canada regarding Aboriginal Peoples and territories
  • Legal terminology and the proper use of terminology regarding Indigenous Peoples of Canada
  • The existence of Indigenous systems of law and governance since time immemorial
  • Indian Act, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Aboriginal rights and title in Canada
  • Implications of key legal precedents in Aboriginal law in Canada for business practice, policy development and cross-cultural relationship

Program Audience

As all Canadians, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous, from all sectors, look to address the issues of systemic racism, equality, and reconciliation, we are all looking for the tools and techniques to be better prepared to fully embrace our citizenry. This online professional development program is an opportunity for representatives from diverse sectors and communities of practice (Indigenous, federal, provincial and municipal) to come together to develop understanding, tools and strategies for successful collaboration within the context of recognizing and upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

Financial Aid

Residents of Haida Gwaii are eligible for the Gwaii Trust Society Continuing Education Grant: Short Term Courses. Haida Gwaii Institute also offers a limited number of bursaries for both residents of Haida Gwaii, and non-residents that is meant to be complimentary funding, and not core assistance funding. If you would like to find out more on these and others you might qualify for, please visit our Financial Aid webpage, and/or contact

Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay

  •  Innovation Leadership Participant
    “Among many pieces of strong content, the biggest value was the local connections with Haida leaders and community members; their honesty and openness with us - their stories were grounding and let us get a glimpse at what the future might be.”
    Innovation Leadership Participant
    Haida Gwaii Professional Development
  • Gidansda Guujaaw, former President of the Haida Nation
    “Haida people have had an intrinsic connection with this land for thousands of years. The work of our ancestors is present in the forest today and we continue our struggle to protect these sacred workplaces and the forests that contain them. The forests, lands and waters of Haida Gwaii have much to teach about a sustainable connection between human beings and the nature world. The Council of the Haida Nation supports […] educational programs that bring students from across Canada to experience the uniqueness of Haida Gwaii and Haida culture”
    Gidansda Guujaaw
    Former President of the Haida Nation