CCAB Hot Topic Series

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business – Topic Series: The William Case

Truth Justice Ottawa

March 12, 2015
5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Vancouver, BC


In June of 2014, The Supreme Court of Canada granted declaration of Aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometers of land in British Columbia to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, the first time the court has made such a ruling regarding Aboriginal Land. The unanimous 8-0 decision resolved many legal questions, such as how to determine Aboriginal title and whether provincial laws apply to those lands, this will apply wherever there are outstanding land claims. The case resolved around the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s claim to Aboriginal title over 440,000 hectares of land to the south and west of Williams Lake in the B.C. Interior. The decision, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, has future implications for economic and resource development on First Nations lands.

On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada case Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44 was released resolving many important legal questions, such as how to determine Aboriginal title and whether provincial laws apply to those lands. It also identified implications for future economic or resource development on First Nations lands. This panel will:

Discuss the implications of Tsilhqot’in on Aboriginal-industry economic partnerships; highlight promising approaches to building Aboriginal-industry economic partnerships within the current legal framework; and discuss where to go from here and how to build stronger, more effective partnerships our panel includes Robert McPhee, Managing Director, The Castlemain Group, Chuck Strahl, Director and Chairman, Manning Centre for Building Democracy, Chief Roger William, Tsilhqot’in First Nation, Wayne Garnons-Williams, Senior Lawyer and Principal Director, Garwill Law Professional Corporation, Michael Woods, Partner, Woods, LaFortune LLP.

Our moderator is Lisa Charleyboy, Co-founder & Editor-in-chief, Urban Native Magazine.


Robert McPhee

Chuck Strahl

Chief Roger William

Wayne Garnons-Williams

Michael Woods

5:00 pm Registration and networking
5:30 pm Panel discussion
6:30 pm Q&A
7:00 pm Networking reception
9:00 pm Event to conclude

Registration Information:
Individual Tickets:

CCAB Aboriginal Business Member $78.40 (taxes included)
CCAB Member $89.60 (taxes included)
$100.80 (taxes included)

Student (student identification required)
$50.00 (taxes included)

**Following the panel discussion we will have a stand-up cocktail networking reception, light food and drink will be served.

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Tsilhqot’in Implications

Parliament and Teepees

February 2015 Aboriginal Business Report article on business implications from the Supreme Court of Canada Tsilhqot’in decision.

CCAB article Feb 2015