Truth & Reconciliation: Indigenous Rights and Title 

May 22, 2019
Webinar Online

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This live Professional Development Webinar is presented by the
Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch.


Speaker(s): Christopher G. Devlin, DWG Law Corporation
Elin Sigurdson, Mandell Pinder LLP
Moderator: Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC
Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (Pacific Time)
Format: Webinar

$100.00 for CBA members (+GST)
$200.00 for Non-members (+GST)

*If you are a non-CBA member, you may create an account and register.

CPD Hours: 2 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC
This webinar will provide 2 hours of professional development in Ethics, Professional Responsibility and Practice Management.


Section 27 of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission  Calls to Action calls upon lawyers learn more about the  history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal – Crown relations.

This webinar focusses on Indigenous Rights and Title. Our presenters, who are experts in aboriginal law, will discuss:

  • Colonial historical policies
  • Overview of the Interpretations of “aboriginal title” and the evolution of cases from British Columbia
  • Indigenous law sources
  • Practical guidance on what reconciliation means for your law practice and your clients


About Our Speakers

Christopher G. Devlin, DGW Law Corporation, was one of the founding partners of Devlin Gailus, the predecessor to DGW Law Corporation.Christopher’s practice focuses on Aboriginal and Treaty law on behalf of First Nations, tribal councils, Métis groups and other Indigenous organizations.

Christopher works with Indigenous peoples throughout Canada, as a litigator, negotiator and strategic advisor. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before administrative tribunals and regulatory panels. He has negotiated multi-party agreements on behalf of Indigenous clients, including specific claim settlements, consultation process agreements and impact benefit agreements.

Christopher is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Aboriginal Law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

Elin Sigurdson's, Mandell Pinder LLP, practice focuses on aboriginal and constitutional litigation and dispute resolution. She is committed to finding the most effective long-term solutions for her clients, and has throughout her practice been involved in complex matters of significant importance to her clients and to the public. Elin’s interest in the law is grounded in her commitment to finding legal solutions for people and groups seeking social justice. She has been honoured to work with First Nations to achieve their goals including recognition and protection of their rights, securing economic benefits, and achieving greater self-governance.

Elin’s experience has included mounting major Aboriginal Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Chartercases. She recently worked with a First Nation client, alongside a group of indigenous clients, environmental organizations and their counsel to challenge the approvals of the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project. She has worked with Aboriginal groups across Canada to advance both litigation and non-litigation strategies for attaining proper recognition of treaty rights. She has worked with First Nation governments to develop internal capacity and policies, and to develop strategies for the recognition and implementation of indigenous law and jurisdiction. Elin also works with clients in their efforts to ensure that the duty to consult owed to Indigenous peoples is carried out honourably by the Crown and assists in developing strategic approaches to the participation of First Nations in consultation and negotiation with the Crown and industry.

Technical Instructions
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• You will be sent the webinar link and log-in instructions 1 day prior to the course date.
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Instructions/Course Materials/Handouts
The webinar instructions will be sent to you one day prior by email.

Any and all materials/handouts from the webinar will available to download from within the webinar room. They will not be invcluded in the webinar instructions.

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All materials related to this course are for the sole use of the above said registrant, which may not be copied, reproduced, uploaded, posted, publicly displayed, translated, distributed, shared, modified, made available on a network or other website, used to create derivative works, or transmitted in any form or by any means whatsoever without the prior express written permission of the Canadian Bar Association.

Cancellation Policy
Once payment has been processed there will be no refund issued. To cancel your attendance, please contact the PD Department at No refunds will be issued to non-attendees.


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