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CSIN-RCID Learning Event: Traditional Knowledge Indicators

02/09/2007 8:30 am
02/09/2007 11:30 am

From the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network:

Over the past several months, I have become ever aware that indicators of traditional knowledge is an important topic for a number of you. For this reason, CSIN is offering a learning event on this topic for February 9, 11:30am Eastern time. As many of you know, learning events are 1.5 hour conference calls with online powerpoint viewing. Usually we have 2-3 brief presentations along with discussion time. As presenters are in the process of being confirmed, it would be helpful to know at this point whether you would be interested in attending. I will then send you confirmed details about the presenters and you can confirm at that time if you are still interested.
For those of you who are new to the world of traditional knowledge, I would be pressed to give a concise definition. Wikipedia says that "Traditional knowledge (TK), indigenous knowledge (IK), and local knowledge generally refer to the matured long-standing traditions, practices of regional, indigenous, or local communities. Traditional knowledge also encompasses the wisdom, knowledge and teachings of these communities."
The use of traditional knowledge in management of resources is often discussed from several different perspectives. Some of these include the placement of traditional knowledge alongside science, the deeply embedded cultural and institutional contexts that may be inseparable from traditional knowledge, and a role for traditional knowledge in managing complex adaptive systems that are characterized by change and uncertainty.

(For more, the following online journal might be of interest: "Ecology and Society", this issue is dedicated to "Traditional Knowledge in Social-Ecological Systems". ).
Please confirm your interest in attending this free event, and I will follow up with more information in the near future.
**Also, I still have space for another presenter, so if you are interested in sharing your work, let me know.
Best Regards,
Carissa Wieler
CSIN Coordinator
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
(204) 958-7719


Sui Generis Litigation: Reconciling History and Law?

02/22/2007 8:00 am
02/23/2007 3:00 pm

First Nations House of Learning 1985 West Mall, University of BC

Conference Theme:

The judiciary in and have commented on the sui generis and historical nature of Aboriginal litigation, noting its’ significant for achieving the broader public policy goal of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The unique character of Aboriginal litigation has necessitated using unconventional techniques of fact finding and incorporating flexibility with regard to oral and ethnohistorical lines of evidence in the courtroom. Thus Aboriginal litigation pushes the epistemological and methodological boundaries of both history and law. What are the implications of Aboriginal litigation for reconciliation? How can sui generis litigation encompass reconciliation, or can it? How might aspects of history and law contribute to reconciliation discourse, both in and outside the courtroom?

The goal of this 2 day conference is to initiate informal dialogue about these issues outside the adversarial setting of the courtroom. There will be ample time for questions after each panel, and in the afternoon on Day 2, participants will take part in small discussion groups on panel discussions. The groups will report back in a final plenary session and key issues, recommendations, etc. will be collated into a final conference report to be distributed post-conference.


Day 1:
8:00-9:00: Coffee/muffins
9:00-9:30: Welcoming Ceremony and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:00: Keynote Speaker:
Chief Judge Joe Williams, Maori Land Court, Chairperson, Waitangi Tribunal,

10:00-10:15: Health Break
10:15-12:30: Session 1- History, the Laws and sui generis litigation: Current Issues.

This session will explore the epistemological and methodological issues that arise in ethnohistorical and oral history lines of evidence in the courtroom. Why is context important? What are the limitations of documentary text-based evidence in sui generis litigation? What are the problems associated with existing criteria for qualifying experts on oral history?

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Stephen Patterson, Prof. Emeritus, History, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Arthur Ray, Prof. Emeritus, History, University of BC
Prof. Gordon Christie, Faculty of Law, University of BC
Stuart Rush, QC, Rush, Crane Guenther
S. Ronald Stevenson, Senior General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada (invited)

Moderator: (invited- Prof. June McCue, Faculty of Law, University of BC)

12:30-2:30: Lunch (on own)

2:30-4:30: Session 2- Sui Generis Litigation: Is Reconciliation Possible?

This session will explore the implications of sui generis litigation for reconciliation, focusing on approaches to settling claims that are more inclusive of Indigenous legal systems that reside in ceremonies, stories, songs and protocols. How does this affect our ideas about what constitutes legitimate historical evidence?

Confirmed Speakers:
Justice Marvyn Koenigsberg, BC Supreme Court
Dr. Bain Attwood, Monash University, Australia
Dr. J.R. Miller, Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations, University of Saskatchewan
Prof. Val Napoleon, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Dr. Paulette Regan, UBC-DOJ Academic Interchange Scholar

Moderator: Dr. Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Distinguished Professor in Education, Educational Studies, University of BC

5:00-8:00: Reception (Cash Bar: Location TBA)

* confirmed speakers as of Jan. 15/07

DAY 2:
8:30-9:30: Coffee/muffins
9:30-12:00: Session 3- New Research Directions in the Academy
Building on discussion from Day 1, this session will consider the role of universities as teaching institutions with a responsibility to educate future judges, lawyers, and academics, engaging First Nations communities as full partners. How can universities create learning environments that support new research to address the reconciliation of history and law in Indigenous contexts?

Confirmed Speakers:
Prof. Richard Vedan, UBC President’s Special Advisor on Aboriginal Issues
Prof. Sakej Henderson, Native Law Centre of Canada, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Bruce Miller, Anthropology, University of BC
Dr. Keith Carlson, History, University of Saskatchewan

Moderator: Dr. Coll Thrush, History, University of BC

12:00-1:00: Lunch (provided)

1:00-3:00: Session 4 - Wrap-up Session
Facilitator: Dr. Linc Kesler, Director, First Nations Studies, University of BC
Participants will break into small dialogue groups to discuss sessions. Final plenary for reports on key issues, recommendations, etc. These reports will be collated into a final conference report to be distributed post-conference.

For more information email Rick Ouellet at

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BC Parks, Protected Areas and Marine Protected Areas Research Forum 2006 Conference

12/04/2006 9:00 am
12/06/2006 5:00 pm

Fostering Connections between Protected Areas, Marine Protected Areas and Research

Call for submissions and ideas is now open!!!

On December 4-6, 2006 the British Columbia Protected Areas Research Forum (BCPARF) will host our first annual conference. The goal of BCPARF is to facilitate and promote parks, protected areas and marine protected areas research in British Columbia and with our neighbours in Alberta, Yukon, Alaska and Washington. Our first conference will focus on Fostering Connections between Protected Areas and Research with a goal of building partnerships and exchanging information, ideas and best practices.  

BCPARF is hosted by the University of Northern British Columbia (Pam Wright) with the 2006 Conference taking place at Royal Roads University in Victoria.

Our goal is to bring together park, protected area and marine protected area planning and management staff from local, regional, provincial, federal and First Nation protected areas with those in the research community including students and faculty from Universities and Colleges, First Nations, independent researchers, consultants, other government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.  

We plan to have a range of interesting and interactive formats including fire-side chats, roundtable discussions, displays, workshops, posters and presentations to a management/research 'dating' service. We're keen on exploring interesting and creative ways build connections, tackle challenges and share best practices. If we've peaked your interest - submit a brief description of what you'd like to contribute - or submit an idea or topic that you'd like to see addressed.

Visit our website for conference details, registration dates and the detailed call for submissions and suggestions.

If you need more information please contact or call the BCPARF office (250-960-5132).


Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC - Treaty Settlements and Financial Management: Are we Prepared for the Future?

12/04/2006 5:00 am
12/05/2006 5:00 pm

Treaty Settlements and Financial Management: Are We Prepared for the Future?

Marriot Pinnacle
Downtown Vancouver

As we enter the 14th year of conception of treaty negotiation in B.C., First Nations are at a various stages in terms of reaching a settlement. Some are close to an agreement, others are stalled at certain levels and there are those who have not entered the process. AFOA BC and partners have developed an important seminar that will take a close look at the financial management aspect of treaty negotiations and future settlements. Working with First Nations communites and organizations we will examine lessons learned in the area of financial management and what you need to have in place for the negotaions success and agreement. You will learn about key governance and adminstrative systems you need to have established to be successful in the long term. We have been encourage by First Nations and the treaty related organizations to organize this event as financial management issues are becoming more critical at community level and negotiation table. As we build the agenda we will draw upon the experience of those who have gone before us in treaty and consider lessons learned along the way.

Who Should Attend
Through this seminar, AFOA BC will provide an outstanding professional development opportunity for First Nation people that work in finance, administration and management. In particular, those that work in Treaty offices will want to consider attending this important seminar. This opportunity also extends to Chief and Council members and students who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and expertise in financial management related to the treaty process..
Seminar Highlights:
- Case studies of First Nations treaty settlements
- Understanding the relationship between governance and financial management
- Negotiation table group dynamics
- Financial planning for future treaty settlements
- Panel discussion with senior treaty negotiation officials
- Financial training for leaders and management
- Corporation perspective on treaty settlements
- Informative and expert negotiation facilitators

Christmas Shopping after seminars!
Christmas Luncheon!

Financial Officer Competencies
For this seminar, AFOA BC will focus on seven of the thirteen competencies of a Financial Officer. These competencies will not only outline the successful fulfillment of a Financial Officer's role it also serves as a base for other First Nation professionals working in areas of financial management and administration.
- Communication & Personal Skills
- Financial Management
- Economics
- Law
- Strategy & Decision Making
- Aboriginal History & Cultures
- Aboriginal Human Resources