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Meetings

CCAR meetings provide an informal, confidential venue for members to discuss issues and challenges that currently affect their daily lives and to stay on top of changes and opportunities that are on the horizon.

Next Meeting



Date: November 20th and 21st 
Location: Saskatoon, SK  
For more information, please contact Jo-Leen Folz


Past Meetings

2019 Meeting

May 29-30, 2019
Toronto, ON - Hosted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
Meeting Theme: The Changing Nature of Major Project Agreements: Linear Interests, Infrastructure and Other Considerations

Meeting Objectives:

  • Learn about the evolving landscape surrounding contemporary major project agreements.
  • Discuss how to effectively engage with stakeholders and communities that may have varying levels of interests with respect to projects.
  • Examine how proponents and Indigenous organizations/communities are considering new and progressive elements within their agreements, such as support for community housing and other community infrastructure, needs and objectives.
  • Discuss the increasing prominence of Indigenous equity participation in major projects and learn about what is required to ensure the success of these kinds of partnerships.
  • Receive the Council’s customary legal update on recent court decisions and their implications for different groups and stakeholders.

2018 Meetings


November 7–8, 2018
Fredericton, NB
Meeting Theme: Indigenous Rights: What do Changing Status, Norms, and Jurisprudence Mean for Corporate–Aboriginal Relations? 

Meeting Objectives

  • Explore what rights recognition and other legal developments mean for Métis in Canada.
  • Examine how Indigenous law, policy and jurisprudence are evolving across the country, and discuss the associated opportunities and challenges.
  • Identify actionable ways to support Indigenous rights while encouraging responsible development and investment in Canada.
  • Receive the Council’s customary legal update on recent court decisions and their implications for different stakeholders.

May 15–16, 2018
North Vancouver, BC
Meeting Theme: The Evolving and Increasing Importance of Communications and Social Media for Corporate–Aboriginal Relations

Meeting Objectives:

  • Discuss strategic engagement and communications through the current context, issues, practices and relationships in British Columbia.
  • Examine the increasing use of various social media tools and how they affect communications surrounding corporate–Indigenous relations.
  • Identify how new forms of communication practices, including social media practices, impact public perception.
  • Receive our customary legal update on recent developments within the field of Aboriginal law.

2017 Meetings

November 1–2, 2017
Dartmouth, NS
Meeting Theme: Understanding and Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Meeting Objectives:

  • Explore what we mean by the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and its key principles, such as Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC);
  • Discuss how UNDRIP might be applied in practice;
  • Acquire a better understanding of the implications of, and expectations surrounding UNDRIP and FPIC on part of key stakeholders;
  • Compare and better understand the role of the private and public sectors regarding UNDRIP and FPIC. 

May 2–3, 2017
Calgary, AB
Meeting Theme: The Implications and Opportunities of Reconciliation for Corporate–Aboriginal Relations in Canada

Meeting Objectives:

  • Identify what we Identify what we mean by reconciliation, with the intent of developing a mutual, shared, and actionable understanding.
  • Discuss the role the private sector can play in fostering reconciliation.
  • Examine ways to increase Indigenous participation in Canada’s economic development opportunities.
  • Explore the relationship between reconciliation and UNDRIP, including the latter’s espousal of the principle of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). 

2016 Meetings

November 16–17, 2016
St. John’s, NL
Meeting Theme: The Role and Implications of Resource Revenue Sharing Arrangements for Corporate–Aboriginal Relations

Meeting Objectives: 

  • Hear about the current and projected situation across the country surrounding Resource Revenue Sharing (RRS) through a look at upcoming research by the Conference Board of Canada. 
  • Explore and discuss the relationship between RRS and nation building/self-determination.
  • Learn about how RRS is unfolding in practice and what certain jurisdictions are considering through a case study on Ontario.
  • Receive our customary legal update on recent developments within the field of Aboriginal law.
  • Enjoy special presentations on Indigenous workforce development as well as on the role that industry can play in addressing Indigenous housing issues. 

May 18–19, 2016
Regina, SK
Meeting Theme: Aboriginal Inclusion and Procurement

Meeting Objectives:

  • Learn about and discuss best practices in Aboriginal procurement with experts and practitioners from industry, Aboriginal organizations, and the public sector.
  • Explore and discuss how we should be thinking about and approaching Aboriginal procurement in Canada in the years ahead.
  • Hear from leading private and public sector organizations about their approaches to Aboriginal inclusion in the workplace.
  • Acquire practical skills regarding Aboriginal inclusion through a workshop delivered by the Aboriginal Human Resource Council.
  • Enjoy special events delivered via the First Nations University of Canada, including a pipe ceremony and networking dinner featuring traditional foods. 

This meeting would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsor! We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude and thank: the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)


2015 Meetings

November 4–5, 2015
Québec City, QC
Meeting Theme: Emerging and Evolving Partnerships and Agreements

Meeting Objectives:

  • Learn about evolving approaches to Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA's), partnerships and joint venture agreements in Canada. 
  • Hear from Aboriginal groups and industry from the province of Québec about progressive and innovative agreements and their associated challenges. 
  • Learn about Québec's Plan Nord and the role the public sector can play in fostering economic development and partnerships. 
  • Explore the implications of Plan Nord for industry, Aboriginal communities and Corporate-Aboriginal relations more generally.
  • Hear about the implications of reconciliation from the National Association of Friendship Centre.

May 5–6, 2015
Whitehorse, YT
Meeting Theme: Aboriginal Capacity Development and Effective Engagement

Meeting Objectives:

  • Explore key challenges as well as opportunities in building Aboriginal capacity.
  • Examine the relationship between Aboriginal capacity and the objective of establishing mutually beneficial relations and partnerships between the private sector and Aboriginal groups.
  • Look at promising economic development initiatives within Aboriginal communities and their contribution to overall capacity development, in addition to emerging practices being pursued by governments and industry designed to support and enhance community capacity.

This meeting would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors! We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude and thank: Union Gas Limited, SNC Lavalin Inc., Canadian National Railway Company, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., and Algeco Scotsman for their contributions.




2009–2014

November 5–6, 2014
Ottawa, ON
Meeting Theme: Aboriginal Education and Training: The Current Context and the Role of Industry

May 7–8, 2014
Vancouver, BC
Meeting Theme: Consultation and Accommodation in Relation to Complex Projects and IBAs 

November 14–15, 2013
Halifax, NS
Meeting Theme: A Comparative Overview of Aboriginal Consultation

May 9–10, 2013
Calgary, AB
Meeting Theme: Strategic Planning Session

November 15–16, 2012
Montreal, QC
Meeting Theme: Aboriginal Training, Recruitment and Retention

May 12–13, 2011
Osoyoos, BC
Meeting Theme: Implementation and Corporate Aboriginal Partnerships

November 3–4, 2010
Saskatoon, SK
Meeting Theme: Year of the Métis: Understanding Métis Identity and Consultation

May 26–27, 2010 
Québec, QC
Meeting Theme: Keeping it Outside the Courts: Partnerships and Best Practices Based on Accommodation

November 4–5, 2009
Toronto, ON
Meeting Theme: Inclusion in the Work Environment

May 25–27, 2009
Fort McMurray, AB
Meeting Theme: Keeping it Outside the Courts: Partnerships and Best Practices Based on Accommodation


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Contact Us

For more information on how you can participate in the Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations, or for a guest invitation to a meeting, contact:


Stefan Fournier
Director, Indigenous and Northern Communities
613-526-3090x449
Email imagestefan.fournier@conferenceboard.ca

Jo-Leen Folz
Network Officer
613-526-3090x493
Email imagefolz@conferenceboard.ca