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Navigating Canadian Law and Policy Regarding Indigenous Peoples

April 28 to 30, 2020 Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay, HlG̱aagilda Skidegate


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

This professional development course will be structured so as to maximize learning and networking over three days. The course is structured to allow for conventional knowledge dissemination (lecture) complemented by discussion and application of concepts and experiential opportunities.

Program Learning Objectives

This program will equip participants 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 and Agenda

This 3-day professional development program is an opportunity for representatives from diverse sectors including industry, non-government and government organizations (Indigenous, federal, provincial and municipal) to come together to develop understanding, tools and strategies for successful collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and organizations, within the context of recognizing and upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

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How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted up until 5pm Pacific Time on Tuesday March 17th, 2020. Applicants who are accepted will be informed on the afternoon of Thursday March 19th, 2020 and confirmation of acceptance will be required by Monday March 23rd, 2020. Haida Gwaii Institute reserves the right to cancel the program on Monday March 23rd, 2020 should there be insufficient enrolment.

Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay

Program Fee

The program fee is $3450. Please click here for more information on the program fee and additional costs.

     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
  • “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