Conference Videos

The Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island – Fulfilling Treaty Promises and Living in Treaty Relationships

On May 10 and 11, 2012 the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Vancouver Island University (VIU) joined together to co-host a historic major conference on  the pre-confederation treaties of Vancouver Island (sometimes called the “Douglas Treaties”).  The conference – “The Pre-Confederation Treaties of Vancouver Island – Fulfilling Treaty Promises and Living in Treaty Relationships” – was attended by almost 300 participants and was a milestone in the development of knowledge and understanding of the treaties.  In order to continue to encourage development of research, knowledge, and understanding of these treaties, video of the full conference proceedings is being made available online.

Below you will view the opening and closing ceremonies, four panel presentations and three special keynote addresses.

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr. Ralph Nilson, President & Vice Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
  • The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • National Chief Shawn (A-in-chut) Atleo, Assembly of First Nations and Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
  • Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, Assembly of First Nations, BC Region
  • Chief Douglas White III Kwulasultun, Snuneymuxw First Nation
  • Dr. Roshan Danesh, Conference Chair

Challenges of Treaty Interpretation – 1

The panel backgrounder can be viewed at this link: http://vitreaties.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/backgrounder-interpretation.pdf

Panelists:

  • Dr. Bruce G. Miller
  • Chris Arnett
  • Neil Vallance
  • Clo Ostrove
  • Hamar Foster, Q.C. (Moderator)

Challenges of Treaty Interpretation – 2

The panel backgrounder can be viewed at this link: http://vitreaties.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/backgrounder-interpretation.pdf

Panelists:

  • Dr. John Lutz
  • Dr. Cole Harris
  • Raymond Frogner
  • Louise Mandell, Q.C.
  • Dr. Keith Smith (Moderator)

Charting a New Course for Treaty Implementation

The panel backgrounder can be viewed at this link: http://vitreaties.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/backgrounder-implementation1.pdf

Panelists:

  • Dr. Brian Thom
  • Dr. Jim Miller
  • Chief Douglas White
  • Justice Harry Slade
  • Maxine Matilpi (Moderator)

Decision Making

The panel backgrounder can be viewed at this link:

http://vitreaties.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/backgrounder-decision-making.pdf

Panelists:

  • Ardith Walkem
  • Dr. John Borrows
  • John Swift
  • Grand Chief Konrad Sioui
  • Raymond Lamont (Moderator)

Keynote address:

Mr. Thomas Berger, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C.

Keynote address:

Grand Chief Konrad Sioui, Huron-Wendat Nation

Keynote address:

Wilton Littlechild, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Closing remarks:

  • Dr. Ralph Nilson, President & Vice Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
  • Chief Douglas White III Kwulasultun, Snuneymuxw First Nation
  • Dr. Roshan Danesh, Conference Chair

Video Production by Paul Manly & Manly Media Ltd.