This session is especially useful for those engaging with and doing business with Indigenous governments, communities and businesses who would like a deeper understanding of the current legal framework in order to build respectful and effective relationships with Indigenous peoples
This course provides an overview of Canada’s legal history with Indigenous people culminating in the current law of consultation and accommodation of the rights of Indigenous peoples. This foundation will then be examined with a view to understanding the rights, interests and influences of Indigenous peoples as we move together towards reconciliation and decolonization, and the potential impacts these forces will have on energy and resource development. Finally, this session will provide context for understanding potential consent discussions including the steps being taken to implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.
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JoAnn’s practice is dedicated to environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law matters. With over 20 years of experience, she has worked on major resource development throughout western and northern Canada including oil sands, oil and gas, coalbed methane, pipelines, co-generation, hydro, petrochemical, diamond and uranium mining, in situ coal gasification, power, renewables and clean energy technology. JoAnn has extensive experience in environmental impact assessment, land and water regulation, municipal planning, climate change, species at risk, corporate social responsibility
and regulatory compliance issues. She routinely advises clients on Aboriginal consultation law, and has negotiated participation and impact benefit agreements with Indigenous communities throughout western and northern Canada.
JoAnn is called to the bars of Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Centre (Alberta).