UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Program – April 7, 2022

On April 7, Vancouver lawyers Amyn Lalji and Dale Lysak will participate in the Implementation in Canada – UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples conference.

The conference, hosted by the Pacific Business & Law Institute, will bring together experts to discuss provincial and federal implementation of UNDRIP, impacts and new opportunities for Indigenous communities, industry perspectives and the ongoing work of reconciliation. Presenters will also include:

  • Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald;
  • Chief Lynn Acoose, Chief of Zagime Anishinabek, SK,
  • Chief Dean Sayers, Chief of Batchewana First Nation, ON; and
  • the Honourable Murray Rankin, BC Minister of Indigenous Relations.

Amyn Lalji is the conference chair, and will also present on “The Future of the Duty to Consult.” This session will cover the implications of UNDRIP on the duty to consult, and understanding UNDRIP as a consultation professional.

Dale Lysak will present “Genocide in the Canadian Context – How Does the Declaration Act Protect Human Rights of Indigenous People in Canada.”

The conference will address key issues including:

  • The role of UNDRIP within Indigenous communities and in government-to-government relations
  • Free, prior and informed consent
  • UNDRIP and resource development
  • Consent-based negotiations and recent agreements
  • The Future of the Duty to Consult
  • UNDRIP implementation at the provincial and federal level
  • Genocide in the Canadian Context
  • The idea of certainty in UNDRIP implementation

About the Pacific Business & Law Institute

Founded in 1989, PBLI’s mission is to create educational events that transfer knowledge to new audiences, inspiring and uniting them in shared understanding. The institute’s goal is to create educational events that answer your questions and build bridges across uncharted territory. The institute’s programming grows directly out of the suggestions and feedback from faculty and delegates. The organization operates from the belief that only those who continue to learn can successfully lead and contribute to positive change.

About Amyn Lalji

Amyn F. Lalji has more than 20 years of experience representing Indigenous clients in negotiations and advocacy in respect of Canada’s largest resource-based projects and economic development initiatives. He also provides advice to Indigenous governments, leaders and development corporations in many areas of the law. Amyn has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada practising in the area of Aboriginal law. He represents numerous First Nation development corporations and provides advice to their executives and boards on their roles, responsibilities, opportunities and potential liabilities in the areas of corporate, tax and employment law. Amyn has regularly been recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Aboriginal Law in Canada.

About Dale Lysak

Dale is an experienced litigator with extensive courtroom and trial experience. He has a background in commercial and complex litigation, representing both Fortune 500 companies and individual clients in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. His commercial and civil litigation practice includes class actions, corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes, antitrust, contract disputes, and fraud, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Dale practised law in San Francisco for 20 years. Prior to joining MLT Aikins, he worked for the United Nations in the International Co-Prosecutor’s Office at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. He was lead trial counsel in the prosecution of the two top surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, which resulted in their conviction for genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.