IBA 23rd Annual Fall Conference “Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms” Ottawa, Ontario ▪ September 29 – October 1, 2011

IBA 23rd Annual Fall Conference “Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms” Ottawa, Ontario ▪ September 29 – October 1, 2011

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IBA 23rd Annual Fall Conference

“Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms”
Ottawa, Ontario ▪ September 29 – October 1, 2011

Ottawa, ON – Sept 6, 2011 – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (IBA) is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual Fall Conference – “Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms”, running from September 29 – October 1, 2011 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The conference is organized in partnership with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law – Common Law and Civil Law sections.“Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms is a conference that will be of great interest to non-lawyers and lawyers alike. We are exploring the extent to which there has been reconciliation of Aboriginal and treaty rights in a wide variety of areas of Canadian law and policy, and are creating a dialogue on what true constitutional reconciliation could mean for Canada in the 21st Century”, says Margaret Froh, IBA President, adding “Our pre-conference workshops will be hands-on practical workshops that will help guide community members and their advocates in a range of areas, including reconciling human rights law and Aboriginal law, and understanding and implementing the UN Declaration”.

The conference will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous lawyers, scholars, judges, leaders, policy makers, community members and law students to explore reconciliation in Canada. It promises to be a dynamic, paradigm challenging event, defining the 21st Century as one of reconciliation of legal traditions and knowledge systems within a constitutional framework that affects the political, legal, social, economic and cultural future of all Canadians.

The IBA Fall Conference will feature high-level plenary sessions on constitutional reconciliation in the 21st Century, in Canada and on the global stage. Presenters include: Justice Murray Sinclair, IPC, Chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada; Phil Fontaine, consultant and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; Grand Chief Ed John, First Nations Summit (BC) and member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Justice Tony Mandamin, Federal Court of Canada; Delia Opekokew, IPC, Deputy Chief Adjudicator, Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat; Paul Chartrand, IPC, former Commissioner for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples; and Sakej Henderson, IPC, International law expert and Research Director of the Native Law Centre of Canada.

The Conference will also offer a series of workshops on a variety of topics including reconciliation issues affecting the Métis and Inuit, self-government, First Nation taxation, community healing and justice programs, human rights law, treaties, specific land claims, business and development, child welfare, courts and tribunals, education, health care, and the issue of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada and policing.

On the evening of September 29, the IBA and the Federal Court of Canada are hosting a reception to honour Indigenous judges from across Canada. Earlier that day, Indigenous law students from across Canada will participate in Student Day and conference delegates have an option to participate in a variety of workshops including: Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration; Developing Community Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to deal with Human Rights and Other Disputes; Resolving Disputes between Indigenous Peoples and Nation States; and Indigenous Legal Ethics, Professionalism and Practice Management.

The IBA Gala Banquet & Awards Ceremony will be held on September 30, 2011 and will honour leaders in the Indigenous legal community, including the presentation of the Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel (IPC) designation, which is presented annually to an Indigenous lawyer in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the practice of law and the manner in which they have advanced the goals and objectives of the IBA and served their community and the Creator with honour and integrity. Last year’s recipient of the IPC award was Justice Murray Sinclair.

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For more information visit www.indigenousbar.ca
For information and registration contact: Anne Chalmers, IBA Administrator
Phone: (613) 224-1529 / Fax: (613) 224-1529
Email: achalmers[at]indigenousbar.ca

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