5:00 - 6:00
Tour of St. Ann’s Academy Heritage Preservation: Tour with Peter Kallos. A bus has been chartered.
7:00 - 9:00
Conference Dinner at the Coast Harbourside Hotel
Dinner Speaker: Mr. Jack Ebbels, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and Minister responsible for Northern Development, on current BC land claims issues and an overview of the Nisga’a Treaty.
Day 2, Tuesday, May 18
8:30 - 9:30 9:00 - 10:30
Late registration (coffee/tea available) A New First Nation Land Regime – Steps Toward Self-Government
The passage of Bill C-49 will mark the start of new First Nation public lands management responsibilities. The new regime gives the responsibility for the development, management and administration of reserve lands to Band Councils under Band specific land codes. This will substantially change the relationships of the participating bands with provincial and municipal g o v e r n m e n t s , a n d e f f e c t i v e l y r e m o v e s t h e f e d e r a l g o v e r n m e n t f r o m t h e s e
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
10:30 - 10:45 Health Break 10:45- 12:15 Land Claims Overview – Past Present, Future
The current focus on Nisga’a and BC masks the national scope of these claims. Many have been finalized in the North, BC is in progress, and many more can be anticipated in central and eastern Canada. Impacts on industry, public and private land owners. Presentation by John Langford, Chief Federal Negotiator, Federal Treaty Negotiation Office.
12:15 - 1:30
Buffet Lunch – Speaker: Kevin Dove, BC Hydro, "Building Mutually Beneficial Business Relationships with First Nations"
1:30 - 3:00
Case Study – Conversion of Canadian Forces Base Nanaimo
The base was closed in late 1995, and the surplus lands are simultaneously in the centre of the City of Nanaimo and in the centre of the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation land claim. Presentation and panel discussion of how the land claim, the local and the federal interests have been balanced in a unique accommodation. Paul Gonu (PWGSC), Michael Rodger (Senior Treaty Negotiator for the Snuneymuxw First Nation), John Langford (Chief Negotiator, Vancouver Island, Federal Treaty Negotiation Office), and Randy Fasan (Canada Lands Company).
3:00 - 3:15 3:15 - 4:00
Health Break Conference Wrap -Up (Conference Chair and Selected Panelists)