FEBRUARY 05, 1999

Conference examines impact of Delgamuukw decision

The December 1997 Delgamuukw judgment continues to resonate through the discussions and negotiations over Aboriginal treaties and self-government as well as in the courts as the subject of litigation.

An upcoming conference, "Delgamuukw: One Year After," Feb. 18-19 at the Victoria Conference Centre, will examine the legal and political response to this Supreme Court of Canada judgment and the outstanding issues that remain. The conference is sponsored by the Aboriginal Policy Forum of the University of Victoria.

"The Delgamuukw judgment provided for the constitutional recognition and protection of Aboriginal title," notes Prof. Frank Cassidy, the conference's moderator. "This created many positive possibilities for the future and greater uncertainties in the present. We need to sort these out if we are to have successful treaty negotiations and to avoid the probability of costly litigation in the future."

Cassidy will deliver the opening address, "Delgamuukw: Understanding the Decision and its Legacy," which will be followed by an assessment of the first year following the judgment by a panel of Aboriginal, provincial and federal government leaders.

Aboriginal leaders, academics, industry representatives, lawyers and municipal officials will be among those participating in a series of panel discussions and workshops on issues affected by the Delgamuukw judgment. Topics include: the changes in the legal landscape, respecting oral histories, providing just compensation, and the meaning of Aboriginal title.

For more information about the conference check its Web site at <http://WWW.UVCS.UVIC.CA/conferce/delgamu2/> or contact UVic conference management at (250) 721-8703 or

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