ULI Toronto: Whose Land and Whose Law? Indigenous Land Rights in the GGH: Examining the Duty to Consult and Accommodate


2020-11-03T16:30:00 - 2020-11-03T18:00:00

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    In the second of our webinars in collaboration with the Shared Path Consultation Initiative, ULI is pleased to welcome two notable legal experts who have vast experience with the Duty to Consult and Accommodate. Renée Pelletier is Managing Partner at OKT who is of Maliseet descent and who advises and represents various Indigenous clients on treaty and Aboriginal rights and other related matters. Adam Chamberlain is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law and Indigenous Legal Issues (Corporate and Commercial).  
    In this moderated conversation, we will discuss different (and often conflicting) perspectives on land, sovereignty, and applicable law, and how these notions play out in the Duty to Consult and Accommodate. With regards to land and sovereignty we will discuss our treaty making history in southern Ontario, including the obligations, interpretations, legality, governance, and failures of some of these contracts. We will draw the connection between our early history and the current existence of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. We will then introduce Indigenous legal systems and how they may contrast Canadian (settler) legal systems. These discussions will set the stage for a conversation about the Duty to Consult and Accommodate, how and when it is triggered , who is responsible, why it is often confusing and difficult to implement, why it is inadequate in many cases, and how we might move beyond it.
    Ron Williamson, Founder, Archaeological Services Inc.
    Adam Chamberlain, Partner, Gowling WLG
    Renée Pelletier, Managing Partner, OKT LLP
    Participants are encouraged to watch the recording of the first webinar in this series 13,000 years of Indigenous History in the GTA - And Why It Matters to Planning & Development for context and background ahead of this webinar.

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