Enforcement Forum (February 17, 2021)
A one-day virtual forum co-hosted by the BC Treaty Commission and K’ómoks First Nation.
Fundamental to any self-governing society is the ability to enforce laws. While treaties / agreements may recognize a broad range of self-governing authorities, the resources, capacity, infrastructure and inter-governmental systems and relationships for meaningful enforcement are lacking. Without enforcement, Indigenous self-government is an empty promise.
The purpose of this engagement forum was to discuss the struggles around enforcing, prosecuting, and adjudicating Indigenous laws, and explore new mechanisms needed to address these issues in order for Indigenous self-government and reconciliation to be meaningful.
Introduction, Opening Remarks and Welcome
- Introduction by Hegus Nicole Rempel
- Opening Remarks by Chief Commissioner Celeste Haldane
- Welcome by Fran Prince, K’ómoks Elder
Presentations and Statements
- K’ómoks First Nation (John Burns / Amy Jo / Hegus Nicole Rempel)
- Tla’amin Nation (Murray Browne & Roy Francis)
- Maa-nulth First Nations (Brent Lehmann)
- Tsawwassen First Nation (Mary Childs)
- UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Belkacem Lounes)
- Closing remarks by Mark Stevenson & Hegus Nicole Rempel