November 22, 2011
Westin Hotel, Halifax Nova Scotia

8:00 Registration
8:45 Opening Prayer
8:55 Welcome and Opening Remarks
The Honourable Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
9:10 Consultation and Accommodation - Part I
Sandra Gogal, Partner, Miller Thompson Law Firm
  • Purpose of Consultation
  • Honour of the Crown
  • Key Court Decisions
9: 50 Mi'kmaq Perspective
Dan Christmas, Senior Advisor and Councillor, Membertou First Nation
10:10 Federal and Provincial Government Perspectives
Alvaro Loyola, Director of Consultation, Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs; and Federal Speaker TBC
  • Delegation of Procedural Aspects of Consultation
  • Proponents' Guide to Engaging the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia
10:45 Consultation and Accommodation: Part II
Sandra Gogal
  • Current Trends
  • UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
11:15 Implications for First Nations
Ming Song, Principal, Songbird Law Corporation
  • Success with Industry vs. Success with the Courts
12:00 Networking Lunch
1:00 Implications for Industry
Sandra Gogal
  • How does the duty to consult shape Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA)?
  • Are agreements required before permitting?
  • Is there a role for the Crown in reviewing/assessing IBAs?
1:30 Proponents and First Nation Relationships
Ming Song
  • Approaching First Nations engagement
  • Developing trusting relationships
  • Negotiating benefits
2:30 Impacts Benefits Agreements Panel
Ming Song and Sandra Gogal
  • Enforceability of IBAs
  • Addressing certainty: key provisions for Industry and First Nations
  • Evolution of IBAs: where are the trends
  • Overview of what's happening in the rest of Canada and some exemplary IBAs
4:00 Wrap-Up and Closing Prayer