Every topic and presentation was interesting and informative. - Housing Maintenance Coordinator
Cree Nation of Mistissini
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Indigenous Housing Solutions

The most up-to-date solutions for On-Reserve housing from finance options, to infrastructure, to asset management.

November 5 - 6, 2019  ·  Gatineau, Quebec
Featuring These Industry Experts

Kerry-Ann Charles, Environmental By-Law Coordinator, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Kerry-Ann is a Member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and is the Environmental Coordinator/By-Law Enforcement Officer for her Community. She is involved in and manages several diverse Environmental programs such as the First Nations Waste Management Program and the Climate Change Adaptation Program among many others within her community. Some of her duties and responsibilities include, project scheduling, report writing, invoicing, and evaluation of the status of project deliverables. Ms. Charles is also responsible for researching and the development of funding proposals which help sustain the Environment Department, initiating and building relationships with various Environmental organizations, developing partnerships to co-ordinate and carry out various activities as well as promoting education and community involvement in Environmental Health within her community.

Ken Cossey, Principal, KWC Planning Services

Ken Cossey, MCIP, RPP, is a registered community planning professional with a Planning degree, a Site Planning certificate, a Lands and Resource Management certificate and is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of BC. Ken has over twenty-eight years of experience in a variety of planning and policy development functions; for municipalities, regional districts, a regional planning commission and First Nations� groups, across Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, as both a consultant and an employee. As a registered planning professional Ken also volunteers his time to the Planning Institute of BC as an exam marker. In 2005 until 2011, Ken represented the Shawnigan Lake Area on the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board. While on the Board he was a member of the various committees; the Transit Committee, The Parks Committee, the Electoral Area Services Committee, the Regional Services Committee and was Chair of the Engineering and Environment Committee. Today Ken is a board member of the Oak Transit Society Board and the Gerry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Society.

Melanie Gilbert, Director, Lands, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake

Melanie has worked at Mohawk Council beginning in 1996 for the Office of the Council of Chiefs in Communications and researcher in Land Claims, then as Senior Political Analyst in the latter years. She joined the MCK Lands Unit as Director in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Political Science from Concordia University in 1995.

Lanise Hayes, Partner, Nelligan LLP

Lanise Hayes heads Nelligan LLP's Indigenous Law practice group and also practices Quebec litigation and employment law. She advises Indigenous governments, organizations and individuals on a broad range of issues, including land management, local governance, leasing, Indigenous rights, Charter and constitutional issues and corporate and commercial matters. Lanise has also worked with Justice Canada in its Aboriginal Law Centre managing litigation involving Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in land management and land use, human rights, third-party management and tort.

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Land use planning decisions have a long lasting impact on your community. Determining the most appropriate use of land and water in your region while being mindful of promoting sound infrastructure planning, environmental protections, economic development and community safety requires a proactive approach. You must stay abreast of the latest best practices, identify the required skills to nurture at your organization, and understand how to plan according to the best interests of your community.

INFONEX's Indigenous Community Land Use and Environment Planning will provide you with indigenous-led expertise, story sharing, and practical guidance to developing your land use plan, considerations for legal and regulatory oversight, and tool-kits for balancing demands between economic development and conservation. Included will be other land use concerns such as cultural management, contamination research sampling, water issues, and models for working with developers that protect your interests.

Learn from Chiefs and Indigenous Land Use Practitioners first hand as they incorporate the wisdom of the Elders in their land use plans, develop their natural resource laws inspired by traditional knowledge, protect the resources in their territories, build in-house capacity for environmental science, indigenous environmental law and economic development knowledge. Also, hear from land use consultants and lawyers as they address the challenges and opportunities they are seeing from their clients’ experiences.

As land use and natural resources practitioners, you are on the front line of shaping the future of your community. Embrace this opportunity for sharing and hearing stories from across the region, all unique and reflecting of the local needs. Register today!

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