What will the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act mean for business in BC?
Last Kick at the Can 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
9:00 am – 4:30 pm via webinar
(Original Course Date: January 31, 2020)
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Who should attend: Lawyers practising in the area of Business and Aboriginal law, in private practice, industry, and government; others who focus on Aboriginal law issues will also benefit, including Indigenous organizations, in–house counsel, and law students
Learning level: All
The BC legislature has enacted legislation through Bill 41, the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), to make provincial law consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). BC is the first jurisdiction in Canada to take steps to implement the UNDRIP. This Act calls for sweeping changes to the way government decisions impacting Indigenous peoples' interests are managed in many areas, including forestry, mining, infrastructure, agricultural lands, provincial crown land dispositions, protected areas, arts and culture and, of course, the oil and gas and pipeline sector.
This may result in shared decision making and agreements with affected Indigenous governing bodies as an aspect of the "free, prior and informed consent" referenced in UNDRIP, significantly affecting businesses currently relying on provincial decision making in the lands and resource sectors.
UNDRIP includes a commitment to Indigenous self-determination (article 3), "to maintain and develop their political, economic and social systems or institutions" (article 20), and "to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources" (article 26(2)).
This legislative change will have significant impacts on all economic sectors in BC. Come hear the insights of experts in each field as they discuss the potential ramifications of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 7 hours (this course does NOT include professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)
Michael McDonald, QC — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Adam Munnings — Munnings Law, West Vancouver
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