Descheneaux Engagement Session
Vancouver, October 12, 2016
You are invited to participate in a day of Descheneaux Engagement, which will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. The event will be at the Vancouver Pinnacle Harbourfront from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Descheneaux Engagement will be a forum to share information and discuss proposed amendments to registration under the Indian Act. The amendments are in response to the August 3, 2015 decision of the Superior Court of Quebec in the matter of Descheneaux v. Canada.
The event is hosted by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and is open to First Nations, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal organizations, community members, and the public. The following topics will be covered:
Historical overview and background on Indian registration and Band membership
Overview of the Descheneaux decision and federal response through a two-staged approach
Proposed legislative amendments to eliminate known sex-based discrimination in Indian registration
Implications of proposed legislative amendments
Overview of the Exploratory Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership, and Citizen and highlights of findings/themes
Overview of the proposed collaborative process on the broader issues relating to Indian registration, Band membership, and citizenship
One representative from each First Nation and Tribal Council will be eligible for travel reimbursement. Please be advised that participants must make their own travel arrangements.
Location: The Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront
Room: Ballroom 2&3
1133 West Hastings Street
Accommodation Booking Information will be sent in your registration confirmation along with the expense reimbursement form