April 2018 – National Chief Perry Bellegarde Bulletin
April 23, 2018
DetermiNATION: Moving Beyond the Indian Act Conference
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has announced the determiNATION: Moving Beyond the Indian Act conference, the first-ever Indigenous-led summit that will bring together leaders to create a plan for moving beyond the Indian Act.
Scheduled for May 23-24, 2018 on the traditional and unceded territories of the Algonquin Nation (Ottawa), determiNATION is described as a national conference to plan for a new relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples based on rights, recognition and reconciliation.
NAN, in partnership with Osgoode Hall Law School, aims to create a venue for a broad range of voices including Indigenous youth, women, leaders, Elders, legal and scholarly experts, keepers of traditional Indigenous knowledge, as well as representatives from the Government of Canada. NAN anticipates the participation of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. Additional speakers and facilitators will be announced in coming weeks.
This conference will be structured around the themes of premises, principles, and institutional, legislative, and constitutional mechanisms, with the goal of creating a plan of action.
More information and online registration is available at www.determinationsummit.ca.