Understanding the Implications of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, May 4, 2016
Recorded Webinar
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In 2007 the UN adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Twenty-five years in the making, it is a significant instrument, which asserts the collective rights of Indigenous peoples around the globe. Amongst the many important aspects of UNDRIP is the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), which refers to the rights of Indigenous peoples to provide their consent in decision-making processes that affect them and their lands, including education, natural resource management, economic development, and health care.

As the current Canadian Liberal government works towards implementing UNDRIP, questions arise around what this instrument means, and in particular how FPIC plays into such matters as natural resource development in Canada.

Webinar Highlights

Join us for this webinar as Tom Isaac discusses the implications of UNDRIP and FPIC in the Canadian context. Over the course of the webinar, Tom will differentiate between perception and fact regarding UNDRIP and FPIC and will discuss the legal and policy issues facing Canada regarding both.

About Tom

Photo of Thomas IsaacTom Isaac is a nationally recognized authority in the area of Aboriginal law. He leads Osler’s Aboriginal Law Group and advises clients across Canada on Aboriginal legal matters and related environmental assessment, regulatory, negotiations, and constitutional issues.

Tom regularly negotiates on behalf of industry and governments in respect of impact, benefit and access agreements with Aboriginal groups, and he advises on Aboriginal consultation and accommodation processes and agreements. He is a former Chief Treaty Negotiator for the Government of British Columbia and former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for establishing Nunavut for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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