On June 7, lawyers Drew Lafond and Brock Roe spoke at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Aboriginal Law Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Drew and Brock were part of a panel discussion at the beautiful Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre that explored economic development initiatives that Indigenous governments have undertaken. The speakers discussed the ways these governments have used “different agreements to grow their economies and how Indigenous governments have purposefully sought alternative structures to promote economic sustainability.” The panellists also shared examples illustrating successes and possible setbacks of different models.
The three-day conference focused on approaches for developing and implementing various Indigenous governance structures, and how governing institutions can be designed to “reflect the diverse traditions, needs and preferences of their nations.” Other topics of discussion included First Nation legislation, fiscal relations, models for shared decision making, environmental assessment and administration of justice.
The picturesque conference location in Kwanlin Dun territory was fitting because, “in Yukon, the majority of First Nations have Final Land Claim Agreements and Self-Government Agreements. Nationally, self-government, co-governance and Indigenous laws are being advanced by First Nations, leading to significant developments in the law.”
About the Presenters
Based out of the firm’s Calgary office, lawyer Drew Lafond provides advice to First Nations and Métis communities on economic development, corporate structure, finance, governance, taxation, oil and gas development, and liquor and gaming licensing.
Brock Roe is a corporate/commercial lawyer based in the firm’s Saskatoon office. He advises First Nations on economic development matters, including governance, corporate structure, partnerships, joint ventures and commercial and residential real estate matters both on and off reserve.