Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Careers in Conflict Resolution Panel (6:00 to 7:30)
Hosted by Miguel Willis, Innovator in Residence, Future of the Profession Initiative, PennLaw
Leslie Coker — Mediator, Prince George County, Maryland
Darsey Meredith — President, CoRe Conflict Resolution Society, Delta
Heather McGhee Peggs — Conflict Management/ADR Consultant, Toronto
Jay Patrick Santiago — Accredited Arbitrator, Taguig City, Philippines
Katelyn Sypher — Labor Relations Adjudictor/Mediator, Washington Public Employment Relations Commission, Olympia
About the Panelists
Miguel Willis is the Innovator in Residence at the Law School's Future of the Profession Initiative ("FPI"). Miguel concurrently serves as the Executive Director of Access to Justice Tech Fellows ("A2J Tech Fellows"), a national non-profit organization that develops summer fellowships for law students seeking to leverage technology to create equitable legal access for low-income and marginalized populations. Immediately prior to joining FPI, Willis served as the Law School Admissions Council's ("LSAC") inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow.
Willis earned a degree in Political Science from Howard University. While completing his undergraduate degree, Willis worked with the Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation. He is a 2017 graduate of the Seattle University School of Law. Following law school, Willis held posts at the City of Seattle, Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, where he assisted on legal content and strategy for the creation of a Citizenship web portal. In addition to the Alaska Court System to develop its Justice for All Project.
Willis' entrepreneurial spirit, drive to innovate, and commitment to diversity and access to justice earned him recognition by the American Bar Association as a 2018 Legal Rebel, and 2019 Fastcase 50 honoree.
Willis currently serves on the advisory board of University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law's Innovation for Justice (i4J) program. In addition to serving on The Legal Services Corporations Emerging Leaders Council.
Leslie Coker is an experienced discrimination mediator and community developer in the Prince George's Office of Community Relations. She has over 10 years of experience providing conflict resolution services to businesses and citizens throughout Prince George's County, MD, DC and Delaware. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice and has been trained in the Facilitative and Inclusive Mediation Models. In 2012, she passed Community Mediation Maryland's Performance Based Evaluation of the Inclusive Model and in 2014 she acquired certification in the facilitative model through the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution. Mediation is her primary service area together with providing conflict resolution training and ADR information workshops. She currently mediates disputes for discrimination matters filed with the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission where she has mediated hundreds of EEO related complaints. Her passion is working with organizations and youth of all backgrounds and assisting them to feel empowered enough to utilize self-determination and self-awareness techniques. From 2009-14 Mrs. Coker focused on creating conflict management programs for at risk youth in Middle Schools and High Schools within Prince George's County. She also provided Teen Mediation Training for two weeks each summer during those years. In addition to her ADR role within the Office of Community Relations, Mrs. Coker presently serves as President-Elect on the Board of Directors for The Association of Conflict Resolution and is the Owner of Zelise Dispute Resolutions, which provides mediation services and mediation training.
Heather has been a litigator (Stikeman Elliott, Toronto), an ombuds (Assistant Ombudsperson, Ryerson University), an innovator/manager (Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre, University of Toronto), and a conflict management consultant (www.justequitable.ca). She wrote a faculty guide to managing conflict in grad school (publication 2022) and her two teenagers regularly test her early resolution skills.
Darsey Meredith is a mediator, videographer, writer, and President of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society. She coordinates CoRe's Reading Conflict, a monthly discussion series that combines her love of media analysis with a conflict resolution lens. She also hosts CoRe's weekly Writers' Group which provides accountability and community to conflict resolution professionals with writing goals. Darsey is a member of PignPotato Games' collaborative games development team and one of the designers of Zombie: Fight or Flight. She has a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University.
Jay Patrick Santiago is an attorney in the Philippines and a qualified solicitor in England & Wales with over 12 years of legal experience in Hong Kong and the Philippines. He has worked at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Quisumbing Torres (a member firm of Baker McKenzie in the Philippines), focusing on international dispute resolution, including commercial arbitration and investor-State dispute settlement.
Jay has acted as an arbitrator, mediator, and arbitral tribunal secretary and regularly speaks at events organized by international ADR institutions and organizations. He is currently the General Counsel of Kyndryl Philippines, Incorporated.
Katelyn Sypher is an adjudicator, mediator, and trainer with the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). An expatriate from that other coast, Katie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law. Before joining the staff of PERC, she represented unions and employees in collective bargaining, strategic litigation, and other workplace matters in the Seattle area. Katie is a true believer in the collective bargaining process and is proud to help Washington's public-sector employers and unions resolve disputes and build more collaborative relationships.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Online Reception (6:00 to 7:00) Hosted by MediateBC
Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItf--gqTovHtOg-dmnXKAIjGuSkU2oiKMI
Opening Night Presentation (7:00 to 8:00)
We are excited to have Tahmoh join us to share reflections on his own experiences with the impacts of artificial borders and to stimulate reflection and conversation.
Special Guest Presenter Tahmoh Penikett
Tahmoh Penikett is an actor especially recognized for his roles in many genre TV series. Born in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Tahmoh has strong ties to the Upper Tanana tribe, their traditions and their love of storytelling. He also has a strong connection and is extremely devoted to his family with whom he spends time whenever possible.
Before landing his role on the award-winning Battlestar Galactica as Karl 'Helo' Agathon, Tahmoh starred in the final season of the critically acclaimed Canadian series The Cold Squad. His performance on that series earned him a LEO Award nomination. He was also nominated for a LEO for his lead role in the miniseries Riverworld for Syfy. After Battlestar Galactica, Tahmoh starred in Dollhouse (created by Joss Whedon). He has guest-starred on a variety of series, including recurring guest roles on such shows as Taken, Altered Carbon, Castle, Supernatural, Strange Empire, The Killing, Bomb Girls, and Incorporated. He starred with Diane Neal on the MOW Practice to Deceive for Lifetime.
Tahmoh's recent feature films include Last Victim with Ali Larter and 2 Hearts with Kari Matchett. His short film Kiri and The Dead Girl will debut at the Vancouver Film Festival. Coming out next, Tahmoh stars in the comedy feature Rehab. Other notable feature credits are Painkillers, Man of Steel and The Hostage which Tahmoh starred in and produced.
In his spare time, Tahmoh enjoys a variety of athletic pursuits including competitive kickboxing.
Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Yeyjw_fWTuK4AR6XyktzPA
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Opening Prayer (9:00 to 9:05)
Sheila Williams — Tsawwassen First Nation
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (9:05 to 9:15)
Sharon Sutherland — Mediate BC, Vancouver
Darsey Meredith — CoRe Conflict Resolution Society, Vancouver
Plenary Speaker: "Deconstructing Artificial Borders" (9:15 to 10:00)
Interviewer: Christina Gray — JFK Law Corporation, Vancouver
Concurrent Sessions (10:00 to 12:00)
Police Reform Legislation and its Impact on Arbitration (10:10 to 10:45)
The Kenyan Pavilion (10:10 to 11:20) (6-minute presentations from Fellows of 2021 Wasilianahub Fellowship. Hosted by Emily Martin.)
Christine Ndilo Kakyema
Phyllis E.N. Wangwe
Gates for Fences—How I Learned to Love the Differences at the Table (11:25 to 12:00)
During this presentation, your Favourite Uncle Jer will discuss and explore the benefits of acknowledging and highlighting differences between parties in a mediation session and its value to decision making process and agreements made. Also, along the way we'll explore the similarities between high conflict mediation and cooking competition shows.
Jereme Brooks — Program Manager, Child Protection Mediation Program & RONIN Dispute Resolution Services, Langley
Borders, Barriers and Blinders—Stop Boxing It Up! (10:10 to 11:00)
Discussion with three highly experienced mediators on the use and danger of labels such as bully, harasser, victim, perpetrator, racist, accused, trouble maker in a conflict resolution process. We'll ask what we can learn when we move past labels and discuss how showing up as your whole self and allowing participants their full humanity improves the resolution process for you as a mediator and for the participants.
Kyra L. Hudson — Lawyer, Mediator, Workplace Investigator, North Vancouver
Yuki Matsuno — Lawyer, Mediator, Workplace Investigator, North Vancouver
Shelina Neallani — Lawyer, Mediator, Conflict Consultant, West Vancouver
Workplace Conflict: Code-switching, Systemic Racism, and the Walls that People Build (11:05 to 11:35)
Mediation is all about tearing down walls and building up communication. People build fortresses around themselves at work, stop all conducive conversations and begin to build an empire of conflict. The biggest complaint is that people are not being heard or understood. Most workplace conflicts do not belong in the courts. They need to be deconstructed, understood and rebuilt on healthier relationships. James Cook and Alice Shikina will discuss the nature of conflict in the workplace and the ways to deal with larger organizational turmoil and how to deconstruct those walls in order to begin to build bridges.
James Cook — John L. Burris Law, Oakland, CA
Alice Shikina — Mediator/Negotiation Coach, Shikina Mediation & Arbitration, Oakland, CA
Questions and Answers (11:35 to 12:00)
LUNCH (12:00 to 1:00)
Concurrent Sessions (1:00 to 4:00)
A Conversation About Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls and 2-Spirit People (1:00 to 2:00)
The Honourable Marion R. Buller — Anmore, BC
Chief Judge Abby Abinanti
Colleen Spier — Spier & Company Law, Victoria
Older Than the Crown: Overturning the Declaration of Extinction of the Sinixt People (2:10 to 3:30)
COVID-19 False Dichotomies (1:00 to 1:40)
Dr. Kevin Escandón
Moral Boundaries and Q&A (1:50 to 2:35)
Moral Imagination as a Path to Peace: A Story of Disenfranchisement and Loss
This presentation recounts one very personal conflict with two siblings who challenged my right to vote in the 2020 US election. I am a dual US and Canadian citizen, having called Canada home for the last two decades. In 2020, I forfeited my right to vote as the most viable path to peace. While the forfeiture of my vote resolved the legal conflict, the personal conflict persists. The emotional borders have been drawn for safety. The walls are up with no will to dismantle them. As a mediator and a member of a once-upon-a-time family, I am working through the grief and the options for peace on this side of the wall.
Lori Charvat — Principal & CEO, Sandbox Consulting, Vancouver
Healing Community Divisions: Using Mediator Tools to Transform Mindsets
The idea that people must be divided on one side or the other creates harmful artificial boundaries in our communities. Boundaries between people are imaginary and socially constructed, but with real consequences that can undermine community relationships and community well-being.
Our presentation will talk about Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset, the impacts of both and how we can work toward a Growth Mindset that creates positive change. Mediation skills naturally support growth mindset. We will show how some basic mediation skills can be used to become better communicators, better listeners and how we can bring those skills to the larger community.
Ona Lawrence — MS Program Manager, Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center, Hood River, OR
Lori Loranger — Services Coordinator, Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center, Hood River, OR
Debra Pennington Davis, MF — Program Assistant, Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Centre, Hood River, OR
Deconstructing Moral Borders
As political lines are being drawn in new areas such as our health, families, workplaces and societies are becoming more divided. People are becoming more divided through echo-chambers, 'cancel'ling, and protests. These moral borders result in less communication, less solution-building, and thereby less progress. This talk aims to give the audience tips on how to find common moral ground to ensure conversation stays open and respectful, even when emotions are high.
Lauren Florko, Ph.D. — Principal Consultant, Triple Threat Consulting, Vancouver
Faith-based Conflict Resolution: Panel Discussion (2:45 to 4:00)
Anne Bachle Fifer
Salim M. Hirji — Hirji Law Corporation, Vancouver
Terry S. Neiman — Quodlibet Consulting Inc., Vancouver
Don't Be Another Brick in the Wall... Breaking Down Borders between Mentors and Mentees (1:00 to 1:55)
Mentors must acknowledge that there is a border between them and their mentees. They have experience. And while they both have skills, mentees are further developing them and may lack the confidence to break down the wall. So, a mentor must be aware of the power imbalance and work through difficulties to elevate the learning experience for both the mentor and mentee.
Come watch a video with tools and tips and engage in a thoughtful discussion about mentoring and the value of deconstructing the artificial border between participants.
Julie Daum — Mediator, Fraser Lake & Northern BC
Gina Delimari — Mediator, Victoria
Vivian A. Kerenyi — Lawyer & Mediator, Vancouver
Wendy Lakusta — Mediator, White Rock
Collaborative Competencies (2:05 to 2:35)
Collaborative governance is an approach to public policy that helps parties reach across political, cultural, social, physical, and geographical boundaries, in order to overcome conflict, seek mutual understanding and common ground, and identify areas for mutual gains. But collaboration is not easy or natural for many people. Most benefit from assistance to help increase their capacity to initiate, participate in, and/or lead collaborative public policy efforts. This fun and interactive session will review the University Network for Collaborative Governance's Collaborative Competencies Framework, which provides an overview of the concrete skills needed to initiate and participate in collaborative approaches to public issues.
Michael Kern, MPA — Director, William D. Ruchelshaus Center/Associate Professor, Washington State University Extension/Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Seattle
Preparing for a Difficult Conversation (2:45 to 4:00)
We believe that there are some often-overlooked preparation steps. You could think of these as pre-preparation steps because they entail actions you can take prior to focusing on the actual engagement and communication with the other party:
- find your motivation
- build your power
- set it up well
By putting you in Zoom breakout room pairs or triads, and with specific instructions, we will provide you the opportunity to try out in real-time how to take these steps. We will also explain how we have been experimenting with our 8-step Difficult Conversation model to initiate culture change in organizations.
Julia Menard, M.Ed., CertConRes, PCC — Mediator, On Conflict Leadership Institute, Victoria
Gordon White, MBA — Mediator, On Conflict Leadership Institute, Victoria
BREAK (4:00 to 5:00)
Evening Session (5:00 to 8:00)
Unconventional Professional Development Panel (5:00 to 6:30)
Dr. Clare Fowler — Executive Vice-President at Mediate.com and Faculty at University of Oregon Law School, Veneta, OR
Emily H. Martin
Lori van Niekerk
Creating Your Faciliation Toolkit: A Mini Game Jam (6:30 to 8:00)
Emily H. Martin
Sharon Sutherland — Mediate BC, Vancouver
Friday, October 22, 2021
Concurrent Sessions (9:00 to 11:00)
Fishing for Rights: Challenges for Peoples and Oceans (9:00 to 9:30)
Amy Louise Hall
Ending Fisheries Conflict: An Elusive Catch (9:35 to 9:50)
Sarah Ater, ACIArb
Transforming Water Conflicts Across Boundaries (9:50 to 10:20)
In facilitating and studying water conflicts around the world, Votteler has come to appreciate both the limitations of the rational models on which we in the West base our understandings of conflict and cooperation, and the wisdom, constructs, and practical tools of the world's faith traditions and Indigenous communities in working toward deep interactions around contentious issues. In this presentation, we will explore:
- the interweaving of science and politics through, for example, "dueling experts"
- cross-cultural models of understanding the sources of conflict and anger
- deep listening skills for identifying common values
- methods for elevating and nuancing dialogue as pathways to understanding
- techniques for self check-ins for potential conflicts within
Todd H. Votteler, Ph.D — President, Collaborative Water Resolution LLC, Austin, TX
Ecotones: A New Conception of Borderlands (10:25 to 11:00)
As areas of confluence in the natural world, "ecotones" are especially rich in biodiversity. Viewing ecotones as a concept, we can begin to apply their value in human contexts—in particular, life transitions or crisis moments such as seemingly-impassable conflict. This interactive presentation will offer:
- a definition of ecotones and examples of their value in natural settings
- a means for "translating" the language of ecology into useful concepts in our work
- a vision for how ecotones, as boundary lands, apply to our mediation and peacemaking efforts
Learn how a new vision of borderlands can invigorate and expand our work.
Dr. Jennifer J. Wilhoit — Founder, TEALarbor Stories, Bainbridge Island, WA
Thinking Outside of the Box: Expanding Our Ideas of "Family" (9:00 to 10:00)
Zara Suleman — Suleman Family Law, North Vancouver
Kids and Cross-Border Parenting: The Importance of Meaningful Participation and Voice (10:05 to 10:35)
Children and youth are often caught in the middle of parental separation, and that sometimes involves parenting arrangements that extend across borders. The well-being of kids is enhanced when they have meaningful participation and voice in decision-making that affects their lives in significant ways, including where they live and go to school. Using a child-centred approach, this session will discuss child participation and why it is important (referring to ACEs and the UNCRC) and create space for a dialogue about how it can be done safely and effectively.
Kari D. Boyle, LLB — Coordinator, BC Family Justice Innovation Lab, North Vancouver
Virtual Pro Bono Mediations: Breaking Down Financial and Geographical Barriers (10:40 to 10:55)
COVID-19 has disrupted the traditional methods used by legal service providers to connect low income and marginalized clients with legal services. In this unprecedented moment of change, technology represents a significant opportunity to enhance service provision to clients by eliminating geographical, administrative, and financial barriers to access to justice.
The Access Pro Bono has partnered with a local technology start-up, Qase, to enhance the mobilization of pro bono volunteers and the private bar to meet the needs of low income and marginalized clients across the province of BC using an online platform that facilitates real-time bookings between clients and legal service professionals.
Sarah R. Levine, J.D., M.Ed., C.C. — Mediator, Grounded Mediation, Vancouver
Erin Monahan — Project Manager, Access Pro Bono Society of BC, Vancouver
Impact of Grief in Conflict Resolution (10:55 to 11:00)
Grief easily affects people mentally, emotionally, and physically. Grief may also cause depressions and emptiness. Therefore, it may affect the way in which people make decisions and it is advisable not to make major decisions while in this state of mind. When one goes into a mediation session while in this condition, they need help to make the right decision. The mediator has a big role to play in ensuring that the person grieving does not make a decision that would be regretted later.
Patricia Oketch — Counselling Psychologist and Certified Professional Mediator, Nairobi, Kenya
Non-disclosure Agreements in Mediation and Arbitration (9:10 to 10:15)
The ability to protect confidential trade/research information in a non-disclosure agreement seemed reasonable—until NDAs started to appear in almost every area of civil settlement, including sexual assault and abuse, product liability, construction defects, workplace terminations, human rights complaints, even personal injury cases. Far from narrowly drawn trade secrets, NDAs are now routinely used (along with non-disparagement clauses) to suppress discussion following a settlement of any type of bad experience, including discrimination and harassment and sometimes potential crimes, treating these as if they are "trade secrets." In the face of coming legislation to restrict the enforceability of NDAs in the US, Canada, Ireland, England & Wales what should mediators and lawyers be thinking and doing to be both proactive and ethical?
Dr. Julie Macfarlane
The Risks of Employment Litigation in a World of Work without Borders (10:30 to 11:00)
Looking at the globally distributed post-COVID workforce, the room for employment disputes are rife and employers need to review their respective risks from the bird's eye view of their distributed workplace. In the war for global talent and a global footprint, what laws have jurisdiction over your workplace and can you comply?
- alternative dispute resolution clauses in employment contracts
- avoiding multiple jurisdiction claims (domicile of employee and of HQ company)
- protecting and enforcing the employer's proprietary interest and NDA undertakings in an agile ever-changing company
Sherisa Rajah — Vice President, Employment Law & Compliance, Elements Global Services, Virginia Water, Surrey, England
PLENARY SESSION (11:10 to 12:00)
White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall
White Borders charts the country's evolution from a small settler colony with open immigration but closed citizenship policies to its present day push for border walls, strict immigration laws, and a massive federal immigration police force. The talk will highlight connections between the Chinese Exclusion laws of the 1880s, the "Keep America American" nativism of the 1920s, and the "Build the Wall" chants of recent years.
Professor Reece Jones — University of Hawai’i
LUNCH (12:00 to 1:00)
PLENARY SESSION (1:00 to 1:50)
Refugees, Borders, and Stories: Supporting Community Dialogue on Polarizing Topics
Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville
Concurrent Sessions (2:00 to 4:00)
De-construction Ahead: Examining How Technology Can Break Down Boundaries in the Workplace for BIPOC (2:00 to 2:30)
Commissioner Stephanie Collier and Commissioner Brenda D. Pryor — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Decentralized Resolution for Africa: To Reset the Unforgotten DR in the Mediation Service Centres DR Alphabet (A Sneak Peak at the European Commission European ODR Platform) (2:35 to 2:40)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and ODR have been explored. The session will explore Decentralized Dispute Resolution (DDR) as a framework enabling trust and self-service to the citizens across Africa by development of mediation service centres. Taking a sneak peak at the European ODR platform; the European ODR platform is an online platform used by 31 countries that is available in 25 languages. In the first two years the ODR platform had 4 million visitors, and handled 50,000 complaints. With a monthly average of 3,719 complaints (2018). A dispute may be resolved directly between the trader and the consumer by exchange of messages and photos of the product. Or through an approved dispute resolution body that is listed on the ODR platform within 30 days.
Wangari Kabiru — Covenor, Wasilianahub Africa, Nairobi Kenya
Barriers and Benefits of Remote Dispute Resolution (2:45 to 4:00)
As dispute resolution professionals, we may have dabbled in providing our services remotely. But for many, this past year and a half has been a new frontier. Learn how to overcome the obstacles that remote practice may present while also harnessing the positives for both the professional and the client. Tips and suggestions for effective use of remote tools will be offered to help you navigate issues such as working with adversity, managing the emotional climate and supporting clients remotely. As well, we'll take a look at the future of virtual practice in a post-COVID world.
Lori Frank, Q.Med. — Lori Frank Mediation & Consulting, Victoria
Kellie L. Tennant, BSW, MSW — 2 Worlds Consulting, Counselling & Mediation, Maple Ridge
Reading Conflict Resolution in Science Fiction Television (2:00 to 2:55)
Sharon Sutherland — Mediate BC, Vancouver
Indigenous Horror (3:00 to 4:00)
Digital Family Justice: Machine Listening, Improvisation, and Access to Justice in British Columbia (2:00 to 2:30)
This presentation will discuss preliminary empirical research emerging from a Canadian Foundation for Legal Research (CFLR)-funded project by the same name, which interrogates whether Digital Family Justice, as currently conceived, meets Access to Justice (A2J) requirements in BC, in which justice is not just about increased accessibility to legal advice and/or judicial decision-making, but also about ensuring individual cases are listened to with the depth and creativity that the singularity of the situation demands—and asks whether machine listening technology can better address these needs?
Kristen Lewis — Victoria
Dr. Sara Ramshaw — Professor of Law and Director of Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT), University of Victoria, Victoria
Tech Tools Show and Tell (facilitated workshop) (2:40 to 4:00)
Roger A. Moss — Vice Chair, Washington State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Confict Resolution Service, Bainbridge Island, WA
Amanda Semenoff — Mediator, Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service (BC), New Westminster
BREAK (4:00 to 5:00)
Deconstructing Borders Watch Party (5:00 to 7:00)
Join us to watch and discuss documentaries created by speakers at our conference.
But I Was Wearing A Suit Part II with Q&A with Vikaash Prasad
But I Was Wearing a Suit is a mini-documentary about the racism that Indigenous lawyers and law students face within the legal profession. It is a grassroots project of a group of Indigenous lawyers, produced with the support of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC and the Law Society of BC. Part I is viewable here.
Borderstory with Q&A with Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville
Borderstory tells a familiar story about the border as the primary tool for citizens' safety. It seems true because it has been repeated so often. But displaced people tell more interesting, complex stories. Borderstory invites you into a dialogue about borders led by people on the move. What do you believe to be true about borders? What might you learn from other experiences? What's your border story?
Older Than the Crown with Q&A with Shelly Boyd and Derrick LaMere
Older Than the Crown follows the trial of Sinixt tribal member Rick Desautel who in 2010 was charged with hunting as a non-resident and without a proper permit in Canada. Rick harvested an elk on the ancestral land of the Sinixt people in Vallican, BC, Canada. To the Sinixt, hunting on ancestral land is an Aboriginal right gifted to them by Creator. A right that has legally been denied to the Sinixt people since 1956 when the Canadian government unjustly declared them extinct in Canada, despite the nearly 3,000 members existing on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State. Now with the Desautel Hunting Case, the Sinixt people have a chance to not only bring light to their unjust extinction by the Canadian government, but also abolish the declaration completely.