An Indigenous-led summit building solutions for moving beyond the Indian Act.

Meegwetch to all who participated in determiNATION Summit.

 

THE SUMMIT

Ottawa, ON

23-24 May 2018

A fundamental rethink

Join us for a fundamental rethink of Canada’s legal framework.

 

determiNATION will bring together thinkers and leaders to create a framework for decolonization. Starting with an understanding of the principles and mechanisms that underlie the Indigenous-government relationship, participants will develop a concrete, actionable solution for overcoming those barriers and achieving Nation-to-Nation progress.  

 

Taking place over two days in Ottawa, the Summit will be Indigenous-led and will feature a broad range of voices including Indigenous youth, women, leaders, Elders, legal and scholarly experts, and keepers of traditional Indigenous knowledge, working in collaboration with government stakeholders to advance our shared goals.

 

SPEAKERS
& FACILITATORS

The Summit will bring together voices from across Canada who have a common goal of achieving Nation-to-Nation progress.

OVIDE
MERCREDI

Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

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WALLY
MCKAY

Former Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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TRACEY
LINDBERG

Professor of Indigenous Law and Government at the University of Ottawa

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GRAND CHIEF
ALVIN FIDDLER

Grand Chief of
Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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KIMBERLY
MURRAY

Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Aboriginal Justice for Ontario

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MAX
FINEDAY

Executive Director at Canadian Roots

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TANYA TALAGA

Author and Journalist

 

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SYLVIA MCADAM
(SAYSEWAHUM)

Founding Member of Idle No More, Lawyer, Professor,
and Author

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SIGNA
DAUM
SHANKS

Assistant Professor & Director, Indigenous Outreach, Osgoode Hall Law School

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DOUGLAS
SANDERSON

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

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KAREN
DRAKE

Associate Professor at Osgoode Law School; Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission; Commissioner with the Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government; Citizen of Métis Nation

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JEFFERY
HEWITT

Assistant Professor, University of Windsor Faculty of Law; General Counsel to Rama First Nation

 

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LORNE
SOSSIN

Dean of Osgoode Hall
Law School

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JULIAN
FALCONER

Falconers LLP

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SPEAKERS
& FACILITATORS

The Summit will bring together voices from across Canada who have a common goal of achieving Nation-to-Nation progress.

OVIDE
MERCREDI

Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

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WALLY
MCKAY

Former Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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TRACEY
LINDBERG

Professor of Indigenous Law and Government at the University of Ottawa

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GRAND CHIEF
ALVIN FIDDLER

Grand Chief of
Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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SATSAN
GEORGE

Hereditary Chief

and Speaker for the Wet’suwet’en Nation

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KIMBERLY
MURRAY

Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Aboriginal Justice for Ontario

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MAX
FINEDAY

Executive Director at Canadian Roots

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DOUG
KELLY

First Nations Health Council, President of the Stó:lō Tribal Council

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TANYA TALAGA

Author and Journalist

 

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BOB
JOSEPH

Author and founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

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SYLVIA MCADAM
(SAYSEWAHUM)

Founding Member of Idle No More, Lawyer, Professor,
and Author

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SIGNA
DAUM
SHANKS

Assistant Professor & Director, Indigenous Outreach, Osgoode Hall Law School

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RILEY
YESNO

Member of Prime Minister’s Youth Council 

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KAREN
DRAKE

Associate Professor at Osgoode Law School; Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission; Commissioner with the Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government; Citizen of Métis Nation

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FRANCES
ABELE

Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University

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JEFFERY
HEWITT

Assistant Professor, University of Windsor Faculty of Law; General Counsel to Rama First Nation

 

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LORNE
SOSSIN

Dean of Osgoode Hall
Law School

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JULIAN
FALCONER

Falconers LLP

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PARTNERS

determiNATION is coordinated by Nishnawbe Aski Nation in collaboration with Osgoode Law School and York University.

You can be a part of this  change by helping us grow our reach and impact. Check out our sponsorship document.

 

A MESSAGE FROM

GRAND CHIEF ALVIN FIDDLER

Booshoo, Wacheya! Welcome to determiNATION, the first Indigenous-led summit for building solutions for moving past the Indian Act.

It is time to create a new relationship with our federal Treaty partner based on rights, recognition and reconciliation. What is missing is a clear path forward – a framework for change from an Indigenous perspective.

We have partnered with Osgoode Hall Law School to create a venue for a broad range of voices including Indigenous youth, women, leaders, Elders, legal experts, scholars, and keepers of traditional knowledge. By working in collaboration with government stakeholders, we will begin to create a plan on how to move beyond the Indian Act towards self-determination for our Nations.

determiNATION features a diverse range of delegates, presenters and other special guests. This nationwide summit will empower Indigenous Peoples to co-create actionable initiatives alongside representatives from government and the public service around the themes of premises, principles, and institutional, legislative, and constitutional mechanisms.

The time for change is now. The relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Canada must be decolonized and restructured so we can move forward together.

I look forward to your participation and I know our time together will be productive.

 

Chi Miigwetch,

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler

Nishnawbe Aski Nation

A MESSAGE FROM

DEAN LORNE SOSSIN

I write on behalf of the Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) community to express our strong support for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s initiative in bringing together leaders for the determiNATION summit.

The Indian Act is a product of a colonial culture. It was a unilateral imposition by the Canadian Government on Indigenous Peoples whose traditions, laws, and culture were not respected or valued by its terms. In short, moving beyond the Indian Act and dismantling the structures to which it has given rise is a necessary step towards a nation to nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.

We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation on this initiative and for your leadership. We very much hope these discussions contribute to the understanding that moving beyond the Indian Act is both possible and necessary!

Sincerely,

Lorne Sossin

Dean

Osgoode Hall Law School

First-ever Indigenous-led summit to focus on moving

past the Indian Act

 

RESOURCES

We hope to engage participants in a meaningful and innovative dialogue about the way forward on the road to decolonization. Here are some helpful resources for you to read before the Summit.

Supreme Court of Canada Headnotes in the Following Cases:

 
 

CONTACT

determiNATION is taking place in downtown Ottawa at the Delta Ottawa City Centre (101 Lyon Street North). We recognize the location of this event is on unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

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