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Building Working Relationships with First Nations

Global Mining and Aboriginal Law Groups Seminar (Fasken Martineau Institute)
Where Fasken Martineau
Algonquin, Escarpment and Huron Rooms
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre
Toronto, ON
M5H 2T6
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Guest Speakers: Chief Jim Leonard (Rainy River First Nations), and Kyle Stanfield (Director, Environment & Substainablity at Rainy River Resources)

Fasken Martineau Speakers: Howard Hampton, Brian McIntomny, Neal Smitheman

Anyone trying to engage in successful mining exploration and mining development in Ontario today must give serious thought to the issue of creating and sustaining good working relationships with First Nations.

There are substantial opportunities in mining exploration and development, particularly in Northern Ontario. The goal of this seminar is to help exploration companies and junior mining companies make the best, all-important first steps with First Nations.

Topics to be discussed during this seminar include:

  • What are the ABC's of creating good working relationships with First Nations?
  • Why is consultation and accommodation of First Nations' rights and interests necessary?
  • Who needs to be consulted?
  • What are the types and sources of research regarding First Nations?
  • When and how to make first contact with First Nations?
  • What are tribal councils and why can they be important?
  • Why is a "memorandum of understanding" important?
  • Why is it important to maintain ongoing communication with First Nations?
  • Advice on how to share technical information with First Nations.
  • How to respond if/when a First Nation's official demands "consulting fees".
  • When "Impact/Benefit Agreements" should be considered.
  • Some obvious "do not do" scenarios.


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am     Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am   Presentation and Q&A

Note: The hours from this non-accredited seminar can be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Please note that this seminar is not accredited for Professionalism Hours or New Member CPD Hours.


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