The Land Claims Agreements Coalition hosts its third National Conference on the Implementation of Modern Aboriginal Land Claims Agreements, Ottawa, Ont., May 12–15, 2009. This year’s theme is “Claiming Our Future: Implementing Land Claims Agreements for Social and Economic Prosperity.” The conference brings together more than 200 Aboriginal leaders, members of the business community, policy makers, and academics.
This second session on May 13th features a panel discussion, which includes Kirk Cameron (governance specialist, AECOM), Clint Davis (president and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business), and Diane Strand (chief, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations). Richard Nerysoo (president, Gwich’in Tribal Council) makes opening remarks and moderates.
Later, there are speeches by Andrew Bak (councillor, Tsawwassen First Nation), Todd Russell (Liberal MP and Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic), Jean Crowder (NDP MP and NDP Aboriginal affairs critic), Elizabeth May (Green Party leader), Larry Bagnell (Liberal MP for the Yukon), and John Houston (director and producer, drumsong communications inc.). Kevin McKay (co-chair, Land Claims Agreements Coalition makes opening remarks.