Program

Half-Day Virtual Watersheds Forum (1:00 – 4:00pm PST)
WELCOME AND LOGISTICS OVERVIEW
SESSION 1: INDIGENOUS WATER LAW & THE EMERGING PRIORITY OF WATER-CENTRIC PLANNING

  • Keynote speakers:
    Deborah Curran (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Environmental Studies and Acting Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria)
    Val Napoleon (Director, Indigenous Law Research Unit, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria)
  • Discussant and case study: Tara Marsden, Gitanyow First Nation
MODERATED DISCUSSION – PRIORITIES/OPPORTUNITIES
Break
SESSION 2: WATERSHED GOVERNANCE ROUNDUP – Lessons and updates from on-the-ground (and in the water)

  • Cowichan Watershed Board: Tom Rutherford and Lydia Hwitsum
  • Nadleh First Nations: Chief Larry Nooski and Michelle Tung
  • Nicola Provincial Pilot Profile: Chief Aaron Sumexheltza and Chris Walder
QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD
CLOSING REMARKS – WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON