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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



Aboriginal Rights, Negotiating Strategies and Agreements

10/25/2006 11:00 am
10/27/2006 11:00 am

Sponsored by the Institute for Dispute Resolution and UVic Continuing Studies

Registration Deadline: September 22, 2006

The workshop will include a session on reflections by Mark L’Hirondelle Stevenson, Chief Negotiator for the Lheidli T’enneh, on their process of reaching a Final Agreement under the British Columbia Treaty Process.

Mark Stevenson, M.A., LL.B., LL.M. and Richard Price, Professor Emeritus, former director of the School of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Adjunct Professor, Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria will present the Seventh Professional Development Workshop on Aboriginal Issues and Dispute Resolution. For further information, visit

Register now for three days of dynamic, hands-on sessions in interest-based negotiation skills and negotiation processes.

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North American Cartographic Information Society

10/18/2006 6:00 am
10/21/2006 6:00 am

Madison, Wisconsin
Inn on the Park Hotel

Mark your calendar

Join mapmakers, map users, map librarians, and map enthusiasts in Madison, Wisconsin, this fall to talk about the thing we love - maps! You'll find NACIS a great place to share research, recent projects, and expertise with colleagues from around the nation, the continent, and the world.

See the website for more information, registration and a preliminary program: