2015 National Aboriginal Law Conference 

Jun. 11-12, 2015
Membertou NS

2015 National Aboriginal Law Conference

June 11-12, 2015   |   Membertou, Nova Scotia

Register now!    |     Program Agenda

Conference Co-Chairs:

Derek A. Simon, Halifax, NS
Stephen Augustine, Cape Breton, NS

Building Indigenous Economies:

Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada

Ever been to Unama’ki?  You may know it as Cape Breton Island.  But to the Mi’kmaq First Nations it is Unama’ki, literally, “land of the fog”.  It is the home to one of the most successful indigenous economies in Canada: The Membertou First Nation.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Membertou put First Nations’ development on the national stage.  They have created their own diversified economy including a world class Trade & Convention Centre, restaurant, data centre, heritage park, markets and much more. This is your chance to learn from their success and the success of other Aboriginal groups across the country.

Journey to beautiful Sydney, NS, for the annual National Aboriginal Law Section’s Conference “Building Indigenous Economies: Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada”.  Explore practical, on-the-ground challenges of Aboriginal Economic Development with the people who know how to create sustainable wealth.  You’ll learn the critical path to success including:

  • land management
  • natural resource development
  • impact and benefit agreements
  • energy projects
  • fisheries
  • taxation
  • And more!

Aboriginal prosperity benefits us all.

Cape Breton Bench and Bar Social (sponsored by CBA-NS)
Friday, June 12th, 5:30 pm – 10ish pm 
CBA Members (including attendees at the CBA National Aboriginal Law Section Conference) and Non-Members are invited to attend a reception we are hosting for members of the Cape Breton bench and bar! In addition to the fabulous company, we will have great food and beverages (2 drink tickets, plus cash bar), fun draws and prizes.
Don’t miss your chance to win one of two free registrations to the 2016 CBA–NS Mid-Winter Conference and Bench and Bar Dinner.
Please join us in the beautiful “Kiju’s Corner Office” for this event.
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre
50 Maillard Street
Membertou, NS




On-line registration is now open. Simply click on the
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Conference Rates:

$650.00 + taxes: CBA Members
$355.00 + taxes: CBA Student Members
$820.00 + taxes: Non-Members


Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
50 Maillard Street

Membertou, NS
B1S 3W3
(902) 562-6826



This program is accredited in most* Canadian continuing professional development jurisdictions (CPD):

Substantive, skills and/or procedural content: 13.75 hours

Ethics, Professionalism and/or practice management content: --

* Law Society of New Brunswick accreditation application is pending

Travel + Hotel

To avoid disappointment, reserve your room by contacting the Hampton Inn by Hilton, Sydney directly and mention the Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Conference to obtain the preferred rate of $125.00/night. The preferred room rate is available until May 10, 2015 (subject to availability).

AIR CANADA: Book online at www.aircanada.com to take advantage of a 10% discount on airfares. Use promo code NXY3PEK1 at the time of booking.

, 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 onlineor call 1-800-268-8900 and quote the Budget Customer Discount Code (BDC) # A033600.