Ensuring Indigenous Consultation Takes Priority

The Canadian Institute’s 12th Annual Eastern Indigenous Consultation & Engagement Conference is back, taking place at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto, from May 14 to 16, 2019. During an election year for the federal government, and during the first year of office for the newly elected Ontario government, it is important to prioritize Indigenous consultation, to solidify its importance and ensure communities, industries and governments are achieving mutually beneficial goals.

This year’s program delivers discussions on the most crucial topics affecting consultation in Ontario and across Canada, from the debate over industry projects to implementation of the United Nations Declaration.

Join us for a diverse look at these pressing topics:

  • Panel: Trans Mountain Pipeline Report and Top Legal Cases to Watch
  • Impacts of the Proposed Impact Assessment Act
  • Canada’s Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework
  • Panel: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Chiefs’ Panel: Priorities for First Nations in Consultation and Engagement

This three-day conference is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with Indigenous leaders, as well as fellow attendees from all over Canada, share views, and create an opportunity for networking, collaboration, sharing of technical information and the building of trust relationships.

Featured faculty include:

CONFERENCE CHAIR Sara Mainville Partner Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP
Etienne Bélanger Director of Forestry Forest Products Association of Canada
R. Stacey LaForme Chief Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Phyllis Williams Chief Curve Lake First Nation
David Abbott Director, Community & Indigenous Relations Bruce Power
Gordon Peters Deputy Grand Chief Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians
…and many more!

A Few Words from Past Attendees:

“Made some great contacts and gained a wealth of knowledge”Chris Howard, Hiawatha First Nation
“Great opportunity to network with federal officials and Indigenous peoples”Marie Saikaley, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
“A lot of insight into current initiatives that impact our community”Tim Harvey, Mattagami First Nation
“Great content! Engaging speakers and very relevant. Will help me do my work more meaningfully”Taslema Khan, Transport Canada
“Hearing personal experiences from Indigenous groups was especially impactful”Taslema Khan, Transport Canada
“The conference provided me with a broader understanding of consultation and Indigenous projects”Darrell Gumieny, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
“Brining people together to talk on indigenous issues is the best practise towards reconciliation”Claudette Trudeau, Natural Resources Canada
“Good sessions with diverse perspectives”Mary Kelly, Wood PLC


Pantages Hotel Toronto

Address: 200 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1V8