THUNDER BAY – MINING – The Lakehead University Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will host a Ring of Fire conference on Friday, October 30 that will examine sustainable development, the duty to consult, and community impact. A Law professor, a Geology professor, and a law student will moderate the discussions.
“This conference seeks to build upon the success of last year’s conference focusing on the future of Aboriginal law in Canada,” said Lakehead Law Professor Jason MacLean, who will be one of the moderators and presenters.
“We will explore the three most urgent issues at the intersection of Indigenous rights, the environment, and the economy: the prospects for sustainable development; the meaning and local application of the duty to consult; and Indigenous community impacts,” MacLean said.
Three expert panels comprised of representatives from Indigenous communities, government, industry, and academia will examine these issues.
“We hope the conference will generate a candid and constructive discussion among the region’s stakeholders about how to sustainably develop our natural resources,” MacLean said.
“Universities play a key role in facilitating inclusive and respectful debates and discussions regarding our most pressing public policy issues, and that’s exactly what we’re hoping to achieve with the Ring of Fire conference.”
The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law has partnered with Lakehead’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) to offer the conference.
Conference registration is open to everyone. Participation is free but registration is required. Space is limited.
For more information and to register, please visit the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law web page (law.lakeheadu.ca) and click on the Ring of Fire Conference calendar event.