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Blakes Annual Indigenous Law Update

Vancouver - In-Person & Online, April 9, 2024 - 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Please note this webcast will be in English only

Over the course of the previous year, the field of Indigenous law has witnessed a notable surge in new policies, legislation and approaches in response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

This rapidly changing environment is marked not only by new fiscal and governance frameworks in a number of jurisdictions, but also increasing litigation challenging existing laws and regulatory processes.

Indigenous equity arrangements are becoming more common, with Indigenous governments often taking a lead role in major developments in Canada.

Join us for our annual Indigenous Law Update, where we will address the implications of recent developments for resource-based industries, infrastructure owners and other clients. As usual, we will cover the key themes in ongoing negotiation among commercial and Indigenous parties, as well as recent trends in litigation.

Following the presentations there will be a 15-minute Q&A.


  • UNDRIP implementation across the country, including B.C.’s (deferred) Land Act reforms

  • Indigenous engagement and the 2018 Environmental Assessment Act – lessons learned and looking forward 

  • Indigenous equity participation

    • Trends and major projects

    • Requirements of clean energy RFPs, including BC Hydro’s Call for Power 

  • Case law update 

Blakes Speakers:

Guest Speaker:

  • Danielle Smyth, Executive Director, Indigenous Partnerships and Engagement, B.C. Environmental Assessment Office
Guest Attendee:
  • Chris Trumpy, Assistant Deputy Minister, B.C. Environmental Assessment Office

Seminar Details
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
7:30 – 9:15 a.m. (PT) 
Online and In-Person
Blakes Office – Vancouver
1133 Melville Street, Suite 3500

Schedule (PT)



7:30 a.m. 

In Person: Registration and Breakfast

7:45 a.m.

Online: Livestream Begins

8 - 9 a.m. 

Presentation / Webinar

9 – 9:15 a.m.


Mandatory Continuing Education:


This program contains up to 1 hour and 15 minutes of Substantive content.  

British Columbia
This program has been accredited for up to 1.25 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia.  

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a confirmation of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.