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Agenda and Speakers

Our Land, Our Future: National Summit on Indigenous Youth and Natural Resource DevelopmentNov 21–22, 2017 Calgary

The Conference Board of Canada is proud to be working with a balanced Advisory Committee of Indigenous, private and public sector representatives as well as Indigenous youth to put this event together. We feel it is critical to have input and direction from those groups that are most knowledgeable about, implicated in, or affected by the issues that we will be exploring through the summit.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:00 AM Plenary Session 1
From Subjugation to Self-Determination: Indigenous Exclusion and Resurgence Through Land and Resource Based Development

This keynote presentation will highlight the impacts of natural resource development on Indigenous peoples and communities-past and present. By exploring connections between Indigenous communities, cultures and the natural world, participants will begin to consider how an equitable, sustainable and inclusive approach to resource development can be leveraged to empower Indigenous youth and build stronger, more resilient communities in addition to meaningful relationships between Industry and Indigenous peoples.

Day <br />  
Tahltan Central Government
10:00 AM Health and Networking Break
10:30 AM Plenary Session 2
Unique Rights, Shared Responsibilities: The Land, The Law and Learning to Live Together

In this moderated panel discussion, some of Canada's foremost Aboriginal law practitioners will explore Canada's current and continuously evolving legal landscape, including: Aboriginal and Treaty Rights; Modern Treaties and Land Claims; Free, Prior and Informed Consent; and, the Duty to Consult and Accommodate. Participants will learn about their rights and responsibilities during resource development, what they can do to ensure their obligations are met, and the role(s) that Canada's young Indigenous leaders can play within their implementation.

Isaac <br />  
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Alexander <br />  
Gowling WLG
11:45 AM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

Session details to be advised.

Notley <br />  
Premier, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations
Alberta Premier's Office
1:00 PM Plenary Session 3
In Our Own Voices: Indigenous Youth on Community, Culture and the Resource Economy

In this "fireside chat" styled session, some of Canada's most influential young Indigenous leaders will discuss their visions for the future and the potential role(s) of the resource economy in helping to achieve it. Key challenges and opportunities will also be explored, including best practices for empowering Indigenous youth within the resource sector and how to integrate the perspectives and interests of those who do not wish to see resource development occur within their traditional territories.

Case <br />  
Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council
2:30 PM Health and Networking Break
3:00 PM Plenary Session 4
Our Lands, Our Future: Finding a Shared Vision for a Better Tomorrow

This facilitated breakout session will creatively explore the interests, needs, perspectives and priorities of Indigenous youth and their relationships to Canada's natural resource sector. By creating an open, safe, multi-directional dialogue, this session will generate a portrait of the various perspectives from youth on natural resource development and link them the to the day's key learnings and findings, to be highlighted in the second component of this session—"Capturing our Learning". It will also lay the foundation for collaborative, solutions-focused conversations on the second day of the Summit.

4:15 PM Plenary Session 5
Capturing Our Learning

This "cannot miss" culmination of the day will illuminate key insights and emerging themes from the breakout discussions. This vital learning will inform delegates as they work toward realizing a shared vision for the future on Day 2.

6:00 PM Reception and Banquet Dinner

Developed in partnership with First Nation, Métis and Inuit youth leaders, this celebration will feature cultural showcases, traditional foods, and performances by emerging Indigenous artists.

8:30 PM Day 1 Adjourns

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Remarks
Muzyka <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada
8:15 AM Plenary Session 6
Striking the Balance: The Role of Government in Building an Equitable and Inclusive Canadian Resource Sector

This keynote presentation will highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with building greater collaboration between the government, industry and Indigenous communities within Canada's natural resource sector. By bringing key policy, jurisdictional and operational issues to light, all parties will gain a greater understanding of where they and the resource sector as a whole-fit into Canada's broader national strategic direction.

Carr <br />  
Minister of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Canada
9:00 AM Plenary Session 7
Setting the Record Straight: The Economics of Meaningful Indigenous Engagement

This session will explore the economic basis for meaningful Indigenous participation within resource development projects. This compelling discourse will provide important information and perspectives that can help any organization bring more equity, stability and predictability to their operations and planning within the natural resource sector.

Dubois <br />  
Market Vice-President, Indigenous Banking
CIBC Investor Services
9:45 AM Health and Networking Break
10:15 AM Plenary Session 8
Tackling the Triple Bottom Line: Industry and Innovation in the 21st Century Resource Economy

This panel discussion, featuring some of Canada's most progressive business leaders, will explore industry's challenges, opportunities, interests and best-practices related to Indigenous engagement within Canada's natural resource sector. Topics will include: how to move from participation to partnerships; supporting relationships between Indigenous communities and their traditional territories; and, empowering Indigenous Youth to become Canada's next generation of resource sector leaders. It will also provide a brief overview of important yet often misunderstood constraints and challenges that face industry organizations as they strive to pursue inclusive, responsible and equitable partnerships with Indigenous communities.

McMillan <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
11:45 AM Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM Plenary Session 9
A Holistic and Forward-Looking Vision: Linking Resource Based Development to Indigenous Self-Determination

This diverse, multi-sector panel will provide a creative look at how to support meaningful Indigenous capacity development, resilience and nation-building through resource based development. Topics that will be covered include: the move from Indigenous participation to ownership within the resource sector; Crown - Indigenous Resource Revenue Sharing; community readiness and self-determination through economic diversification; and, supporting socioeconomic reconciliation. This panel is sure to offer some thought provoking insights that will compel delegates to think of new, outside-the-box solutions within their future endeavours.

Titus <br />  
Vice-Chair and Acting Chief Operating Officer
First Nations Financial Management Board
Coates <br />  
Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation
University of Saskatchewan
Bradley <br />  
Owner and Regional Manager
Outland Camps Inc.
2:15 PM Health and Networking Break
2:45 PM Plenary Session 10
Realizing Our Shared Vision: Building Bridges and Charting a Common Roadmap Towards the Future

This outcomes-oriented breakout session will draw upon key insights from Day 1 and Day 2 to develop innovative approaches to Indigenous partnerships within the natural resource sector. Participants will be encouraged to think creatively about how to: effectively support Indigenous youth in reaching their full potential; support the development of more empowered and resilient Indigenous communities; and, foster a greater spirit of collaboration, equity and mutual benefit within the natural resource sector.

4:15 PM Plenary Session 11
Capturing Our Learning

This culmination of the Summit will highlight emerging insights and innovative solutions developed during the breakout discussions. These findings will form the basis of a comprehensive summary report, to be released in early Winter 2018.

4:45 PM Closing Remarks
5:00 PM Summit Adjourns

Sponsored by

We’d like to thank our generous sponsor for their contribution to this event.


Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) logo

Cenovus Energy Inc. logo

Youth Program

Cenovus Energy Inc. logo

Métis Voyageur Development Fund logo

Stantec logo

Teck Resources Limited logo

Union Gaslogo

Valard logo

Marketing Partners

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers logo


Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. logo

MiHR Council logo

First Nations Technology Council logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.