Panel Presentation: Indigenous Land and Treaty Rights

April Vannini

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Tuesday, October 17 2017

From Truth to Reconciliation Speakers Series is getting ready to provide another learning opportunity for Gabriolans. The second presentation of the series will focus on the topic of Indigenous Lands and Treaty Rights.  Vancouver Island University Louise Mandell Q.C. and Gabriolan Brenda Gaertner will share their expert knowledge on Treaty Rights in Canada and BC.  

VIU Chancellor since 2015, Louise Mandell Q.C. “is recognized for her exceptional and forward-thinking work in advancing Aboriginal and Treaty rights. She is one of the founders of the nationally recognized and respected law firm Mandell Pinder, established in 1983 specifically to support Canada’s Indigenous people to achieve recognition and implementation of their constitutional rights”. 

Brenda Gaertner is a Managing Partner at Mandell Pinder. 

She advises First Nations governments on Aboriginal title and rights, modern (self) government, natural resource management and economic development.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report (2015) supports an expanded public dialogue and action on reconciliation beyond residential schools. It identifies 94 Calls to Action, such as: 

43. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

44. We call upon the Government of Canada to develop a national action plan, strategies, and other concrete measures to achieve the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As Mandell states, “Pre-Confederation Treaties are unique elements of the history of British Columbia and Canada, and they rightfully have been recognized by the Courts as different than any other Treaties across the country. 

“Deepening our awareness of the histories, stories, and meanings of these Treaties is vital to advancing and enriching discourse and action for reconciliation everywhere.”

These are new times in Canada.  From Truth to Reconciliation Committee hopes our community can come together to listen and learn about Indigenous Land and Treaty Rights on Oct. 29th, 2017 from 7-9pm. This presentation is generously hosted by The Surf Lodge with advanced ticket registration at North Road Sports. Tickets are $20.

You may contact the From Truth to Reconciliation Committee by calling 250.247.7587 or email: We welcome volunteers, input and financial support. 

Nov. 24th, 2017, 7-9pm- Dr. Laurie Meijer Drees & Dr. Laura Cranmer VIU professors in First Nations Studies presents “Careless Care: Considering ‘Indian’ Hospitals and Residential Schools in Canada”.  

Presentation generously hosted by The Surf Lodge with advanced registration available now at North Road Sports