June 2017

Building an Indigenous Guardians Network in Canada

11:30am-1:30pm | Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street , Ottawa

Join the Economic Club of Canada for an armchair discussion regarding the importance of a National Indigenous Guardians Network in Canada. Budget 2017 recognizes the importance of such a Network and an initial investment of $25 million over 5 years was included. This seed funding will assist in developing the national network and prepare Indigenous Nations and communities to launch their own Indigenous Guardians programs.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to morano@economicclub.ca by Monday, May 29, 2017.

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Building an Indigenous Guardians Network in Canada

Dahti Tsetso

Resource Management Coordinator
Dehcho First Nations

Dahti Tsetso

Dahti Tsetso works as the Resource Management Coordinator for Dehcho First Nations in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. As a part of her work for DFN, Dahti has been working with the DFN member communities to develop a regional initiative known as the Dehcho K'ehodi Stewardship Program. This stewardship program seeks to implement conservation from a uniquely Dene perspective by developing stewardship activities that center on Dene language revitalization, youth/elder mentorship and that honour the Dene laws, which are based on the values of respect and sharing. Environmental monitoring, community-led research initiatives, data management, visitor interactions, land-based youth programs, and the development of a regional Indigenous Guardian program are all important objectives for the Dehcho K'ehodi Stewardship Program.

Pierre Gratton

President and CEO
Mining Association of Canada

Pierre Gratton

Pierre Gratton was appointed President and CEO of the Mining
Association of Canada (MAC) on June 1, 2011. Based in Ottawa,
MAC is the national organization for the Canadian mining
industry. Its members are engaged in mineral exploration, mining,
smelting, refining and semi-fabrication.

Prior to his appointment to MAC, Pierre was President and CEO
of the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC). From
1999-2008, Mr. Gratton served as Vice President, Sustainable
Development and Public Affairs for the Mining Association of
Canada (MAC). In 2005-06, Mr. Gratton was honoured as a
Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining,
Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Mr. Gratton is First Vice-President of the Interamerican Mining Society (SIM – Sociedad
Interamericana de Mineria). He is also Vice-President of the Raw Materials Committee of
the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.

Mr. Gratton holds an M.A. degree in political science and a B.A. from McGill University.

Mr. Gratton is married and has one daughter.

Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, C.C.

Canadians for a New Partnership

Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, C.C.

Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, author, and corporate director, active in international development and business. He was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, and is a former Canadian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Constitutional Affairs, and Acting Minister of National Defence and of Justice. He is vice-chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Friends of the Inter-American Charter. Mr. Clark serves on the boards of Triton Logging Inc, Globe Scan Inc, Stratus Royalty Corporation, Pearson College of the Pacific, the Stern Stewart Institute, on the Supervisory Board of Meridiam Infrastructure Managers S.a.r.l., and on the advisory boards of Save the Children Canada, SOS Children’s Villages Canada, Canada Without Poverty and other Canadian and international organizations. He is an Honorary Witness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, seeking to heal the trauma of abuse of young Aboriginals in residential schools in Canada. He co-founded the underwater forestry company CSRD in Ghana, was founding chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on Southern Africa, which co-ordinated the Commonwealth campaign against apartheid, served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Cyprus, and has led international election and governance teams in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Mr. Clark is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and l’Ordre de la Pleiades, and the first recipient of the Vimy Award. Born in High River, Alberta, he has been awarded honorary degrees by several Canadian and international universities and colleges. He is the author of “Canada: A Nation Too Good to Lose” (1994), and, in 2013, the best-selling “How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change”, published in French in 2014 as “Agir de concert: Le Canada dans un monde en mouvement.”. Joe Clark speaks French and English, and is married to the Canadian author and lawyer Maureen McTeer, who specializes in law and public policy respecting health, science, and reproductive technologies. Their home is in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Stephen Kakfwi

President and CEO
Canadians For a New Partnership

Stephen Kakfwi

During his professional career, Stephen Kakfwi has been and continues to be instrumental in advancing the Aboriginal land and self-government rights of the Northwest Territories Dene, Metis and Inuit. He has had a distinguished career in public government promoting Northwest Territory political, constitutional and economic development in the North, within Canada and internationally.

Kakfwi served as the President of the Dene Nation from 1983 to 1987, during which he established the Northwest Territories Dene Cultural Institute as well as Indigenous Survival International. While president, he organized and acted as national host during Pope John Paul II’s two visits to the Northwest Territories in 1985 and 1987. Kakfwi was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in 1987 and served as Premier of the Northwest Territories from 2000 through 2003. During his 16-year tenure in the Assembly, he promoted Indigenous rights and economic opportunity.

Kakfwi’s currently focuses on achieving a balanced approach to conservation and resource development in the North, focusing on community development in Aboriginal settlements. In 2014, he conceived of and founded the Canadians For a New Partnership, a group dedicated to bringing First Peoples and all Canadians together to build a strong economy and values-based society. Kakfwi currently serves as the Partnership’s President and CEO.

Valérie Courtois, RPF

Director, Indigenous Leadership Initiative
International Boreal Conservation Campaign

Valérie Courtois, RPF

Valérie is a registered professional forester who specializes in Indigenous issues, forest ecology and ecosystem-based management and planning. She is a member of the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, located on the shore of Peikuakami, or Lac-St-Jean.
Courtois holds a degree in forestry sciences from the Université de Moncton. She has served as a forestry advisor for the Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador, forestry planner for the Innu Nation, and as a consultant in Aboriginal forestry, including certification and spatial planning, and caribou planning. In 2007, she was awarded the James M. Kitz award from the Canadian Institute of Forestry for her early-career contributions to the forestry profession.
Courtois has been the Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative since 2013. In addition to her work in conservation and planning, Courtois is an avid photographer. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Corporation du Mushuau–nipi, a non-profit that encourages cultural and professional exchanges on the George River. She lives in Happy Valley—Goose Bay, Labrador.

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