Dialogue on Implementing the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through Canada’s Bill C-15

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC is hosting a Dialogue on the Government of Canada’s Bill C-15 which will provide political, expert, and legal perspectives on the proposed legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

The Dialogue will be co-facilitated by Dr. Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-Kwe, and Dr. Roshan Danesh, QC, and will be aimed at sharing diverse perspectives on the implementation of the UN Declaration. Following an introduction and an overview of the new legislation, Dr. Turpel-Lafond and Dr. Danesh will lead expert and political panels that will include insights and perspectives on Bill C-15. 

View the agenda below.

The Dialogue will be held on Thursday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PST). The event is free of charge and will be hosted virtually. Registrations are now closed.

TimeAgenda item
9 – 9:10 a.m.Welcome and territorial/ceremonial opening
A territorial welcome provided by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Elder Shane Pointe (Ti’ te-in)
9:10 – 9:20 a.m.Overview of event program
Dr. Roshan Danesh, QC
9:20 – 9:30 a.m.Overview of Bill C-15
Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe)
9:30 – 10:50 a.m.
Panel 1: Political Perspectives
Chair: Dr. Roshan Danesh, QC
Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada
Chief Don Tom, V.P., Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Honourable Minister Murray Rankin, BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations

10:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Panel 2: Expert Perspectives
Chair: Dr. Roshan Danesh, QC
Doug White (Kwulasultun) QC, Chair of the BC First National Justice Council
Jessica Wood (Si Sityaawks), ADM, BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics, and Sr. Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs at UBC
Professor Brad Morse, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University
Laurie Sargent, ADM, Department of Justice Canada
12:10 – 12:30 p.m.Concluding Remarks
Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe) and Dr. Roshan Danesh, QC

The event was recorded and is available below.

For questions please contact dialogue.irshdc@ubc.ca