IBA 19th Annual Conference - To Be Opened By the Honourable STEVEN POINT, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia with Award Of Distinction To MARY-ELLEN TURPEL LAFOND, BC's Representative For Children And Youth

    Indigenous Laws: Practice, Conflict and Harmonization:
    Indigenous Law and Territorial Dispute Resolution
    Victoria, British Columbia - October 25-27, 2007

    VICTORIA, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (IBA)
& The College of Law, University of Victoria will host the 19th Annual IBA
Fall Conference on October 25-27, 2007, at Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria,
BC. This conference will bring together Indigenous (First Nation, Métis and
Inuit) and non-Indigenous lawyers, scholars, judges, leadership and policy
makers, and law students to discuss Indigenous Laws in the context of
harmonization and dispute resolution.
    "This is a very exciting conference that brings together Indigenous and
non-Indigenous people in a way that only the IBA can do. Facilitating a
conversation on exploring Indigenous ways of resolving disputes, particularly
in relation to territorial issues is not only timely in British Columbia but
throughout the country. This is an important conversation happening at the
right time and in the right place. I would encourage anyone with a stake or an
interest in these issues to attend" says Jeffery Hewitt, President of the IBA.
    "The IBA is also very excited to have British Columbia's Lieutenant
Governor, the Honourable Steven Point, open the Fall Conference. With his
extensive experience, His Honour's presence is particularly poigniant" says
Jeffery Hewitt.
    On Friday evening, October 26th, the IBA will present Mary Ellen
Turpel-Lafond with the Indigenous Peoples' Counsel (I.P.C.) designation. This
award recognizes a legally trained Aboriginal person for outstanding
achievements in the practice of law and contribution to the Indigenous
community and to Canada. "With Mary-Ellen's stellar career trajectory as
academic, litigator, legal expert, writer and judge, she is well suited not
only to her role as Children and Youth Representative but as an advocate of
justice. The IBA looks forward to recognising her contributions to Canada and
the Aboriginal community with this award" says Jeffery Hewitt.
    The conference boasts an outstanding line-up of speakers including:
Edward John (Hereditary Chief Akile Ch'oh of Tl'azt'en Nation), Professor
Jacinta Ruru & Michael Stevens: Maori Legal Systems of Governance, Chief
Sharon Stinson Henry and Chief Sophie Pierre (Nation-to-Nation Relationship
and Business Development), Professor John Borrows (University of Victoria),
and many more.
    For more information visit www.indigenousbar.ca

For further information:

For further information: and registration contact: Germaine Langan, IBA
Administrator, Phone: (604) 951-8807, Fax: (604) 951-8806, Email:

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