Public symposium, online and in person
9-5 pm, Wednesday, May 20th, University of Ottawa

Watch and participate live, May 20, 9-5 ET

Participate in person or through a live, interactive webinar.

Please register to receive information by email on how to log in and submit your questions during the seminar.

In Person:
University of Ottawa, Fauteux Hall Room 147. Room opens for registration at 8:30 am on the 20th.

Supreme Court decisions and international human rights standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognize the right of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to make their own decisions about resource development on their lands and other important issues. This symposium is an opportunity to discuss this important of free, prior and informed consent, its status in Canadian and international law and its relevance in crucial decisions facing Indigenous peoples today.

Join in person or online to learn more about FPIC, share your own experiences, and help identify practical recommendations going forward.

Agenda for the day

Morning panels and discussion

Panel 1: Status of FPIC in Canadian and international law

Panel 2: FPIC in Indigenous peoples' protocols and customary laws

Afternoon panels and discussion

Panel 3: Understanding challenges and opportunities for industry and investors

Panel 4: Overcoming challenges in implementation

Presenters and moderators

Claudette Commanda, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
Dalee S Dorough, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Paul Joffe, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Anne Marie Sam, Nak'adzli First Nation
John Cutfeet, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation
Sarah Morales, University of Ottawa
Craig Benjamin, Amnesty International
Jennifer Preston, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

Others to be confirmed

Special opening reception

7-9 pm, Tuesday May 19th, Wabano Centre, 299 Montreal Rd, Ottawa

Keynote Chief Roger William, Tsilhqot'in Nation

Background resources

Event resources

Full Agenda and Participant Bios (PDF)

Event Poster (PDF)

Event Poster (JPG)

Sponsoring organizations

Co-sponsored by Amnesty International, Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers), Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Greenpeace Canada, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, MiningWatch Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, University of Ottawa Aboriginal Law Group, the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and others to be confirmed.

Thanks to Alan Young and Peter Croal who worked on the organizational committee in their individual capacities.