CBA Aboriginal Law Conference

Jun. 1-2, 2017
Winnipeg MB

12+ CPD Hours!
For more details, please download the Conference Agenda

Reflections on RCAP:
Canada’s Commitment to a Renewed Nation-to-Nation Relationship with Indigenous People

June 1-2, 2017 | The Fort Garry Hotel | Winnipeg, MB
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Conference Chairs:

Joëlle Pastora Sala and Michael Jerch

In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) provided a roadmap for renewing and rebuilding fair and honorable relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. The Commission stressed that the conditions of Indigenous people throughout Canada must be improved.

Twenty years later, the issues identified by the RCAP continue to be relevant and pressing in Canada. Indigenous people are overrepresented in prisons and child welfare, and they face unequal access to education, health and justice.

Prime Minister Trudeau recently stated that “no relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit.”

The 2017 Aboriginal Law Conference is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made on renewing Canada’s nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people during the past 20 years, and the work that is needed going forward.

Topics will include:

•    The 35th anniversary of Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Taking stock of the constitutional rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

•    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission – How the legal profession can respond to the Commission’s call to action for ensuring appropriate cultural competency training and providing education on the history of Indigenous peoples to lawyers, law societies, law schools and public servants.

•    United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – How will Canada’s support of the Declaration align with the 94 “Calls to Action” of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?

For more details, please download the Conference Agenda


On-line registration is now open. Simply click on the REGISTER NOW button located on the right-hand side of your screen. If you wish to pay by cheque, please send the PDF Registration Form, complete with payment, to the following address:

Canadian Bar Association
Professional Development
500-865 Carling Ave
Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8

Please note, your registration will not be processed until payment has been received.


Conference Rates

Registration Fees:
$705 + taxes: CBA Members
$395 + taxes: CBA Student Members
$795 + taxes: Government
$880 + taxes: Non-Members

Dinner & Entertainment Fees (Canadian Museum of Human Rights):
$60 + taxes
$25 + taxes (Student)


Meeting Venue

The Fort Garry
222 Broadway,
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0R3
(204) 942-8251

Travel + Hotel


The preferred rate at The Fort Garry for a Queen Room is $159/night. To make a reservation at the conference rate, subject to availability, please contact the hotel by phone at 1 800 665 8088 (toll free) or by email at Guests should quote group code 10W7E0.


Air Canada: Book online at www.aircanada.comto take advantage of a 10% discount on Tango Plus, Latitude and Executive airfares to Winnipeg (YWG). Promotion code AEBER6X1.

West Jet: West Jet offers 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus fares for travel between Winnipeg and anywhere WestJet flies in North America. To take advantage of this offer, you will need discount code MQC1XG2.

AVIS, the official rental car supplier of the CBA, offers several special rates. Reserve online or call 1-800-879-2847 and quote the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) # C136400.

Budget, the official car and truck rental supplier of the CBA, offers special rates and promotions Reserve online or call 1-800-268-8900 and quote the Budget Customer Discount Code (BDC) # A033600.


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    Lauren Fortier
    CBA National Office

    (613) 237-2925 ext. 190