VANCOUVER – The Canadian Aboriginal Mineral Association is holding its 23rd annual conference on Nov. 22-24, 2015, at the Westin Bayshore in this city. The goal is to increase the minerals industry’s awareness of aboriginal interests in lands and resources.
In some areas in Canada, aboriginal communities assert and have title while elsewhere they maintain a residual and ongoing right to use lands ceded by them through treaties, while resource companies also have a right to access and use these same lands for mineral development through legislation. The big question is: How will aboriginal communities and resource companies move from talking about consultation to evolving forms of consent?
The conference kicks off Sunday morning with a panel examining the topic of managing transboundary environmental concerns. The Monday panel tackles emerging legal trends as they relate to aboriginal and mineral industry interests. A youth panel will be held Monday afternoon. Other topics to be covered by individual circles are environment, relationships, and economics, business opportunities, and traditional knowledge.
Conference fees range from $595 for CAMA members and $695 for non-members and $2,000 for exhibitors. Please visit AboriginalMinerals.com for complete details.