Join us in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) from June 24 – 26, 2020 for the CBA Aboriginal Law Conference. Being held on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people, on land governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaties, this year’s conference will focus on the implementation of Indigenous rights.

The Calls to Justice arising from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls seek “a decolonizing approach” to rights implementation:

This approach is a way of doing things differently; it challenges the colonial influence under which we live by making space for Indigenous perspectives that are often cast aside. It involves recognizing inherent rights through the principle that Indigenous Peoples have the right to govern themselves in relation to matters that are internal to their communities; integral to their unique cultures, identities, traditions, languages, and institutions; and with respect to their special relationship to the land.

Inspired by this call, the Conference hopes to cover the following topics:

  • Treaty Implementation: Challenges and opportunities in both the historic treaty and modern treaty context
  • UNDRIP Status Update: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian law
  • RIRSD and Rights: What’s happening at the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion tables around the country
  • Developments in Indigenous Law: Self-determination, law-making, enforcement, and adjudication
  • Nation Rebuilding: Cross-jurisdictional Challenges and Coordination
  • Negotiation with the Crown: Tips and Techniques
  • The Fundamentals: Implementing the constitutional rights of all Indigenous people to essential services and substantive equality – in particular, the rights of Indigenous children to fully funded social services; the rights of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people to culture, health, security, and justice (as identified in the MMIWG Report); and the rights of all Indigenous communities to clean and safe drinking water

More details on speakers and sessions coming soon!