Friday Feb 24
11-4pm Tours of Songhees Traditional Territory led by Songhees Knowledge keepers. Meet at Fisherman’s Wharf in James Bay at 9:30am. See Tour page for more information.
6:00 PM Welcome by Songhees Chief Ron Sam and Songhees traditional dancers.
Dinner. Witnesses will be called to respond to the work of the symposium in the last session. Keynote Speaker: Saanich Elder John Elliott.
Saturday Feb 25
8:00am start Breakfast/Welcome
8:30 AM Media Event: Reveal and Introduction of the translation of the Vancouver Island (Douglas) Treaties and presentation to the BC Archives.
Opening Session
1: 9:00-10:30 Lekwungen and WSANEC views of the “Douglas” Treaties.
In this session elders Jim Elliot and Dr. Elmer George from Songhees Nation will discuss the meaning of the treaty text in their languages and what it might have meant to their ancestors. A panel discussion will follow.
BREAK 15 minutes
2: 10:45-12:00 The Kwakiutl View of the Douglas Treaties, Chiefs/Elders of Fort Rupert.
Tom Child, Lands and Resource Manager, Louise Mandell, QC
LUNCH 12:00-1:00 Co-hosted by Arbutus Law
Afternoon Session
3: 1:00-2:15pm Colonial Attitudes and the Settlement of BC.
Dr. Laura Spitz (Cornell Univ.), Dr. Adele Perry (Univ. of Manitoba)
BREAK 15 mins.
4: 2:30-3:45 The Vancouver Island Treaties: English Law and Aboriginal Understandings
Hamar Foster QC (UVic Law), Dr. Janna Promislow (Thompson Rivers Univ.), Dr. Neil Vallance (UVic Law)
BREAK/Overflow time 15 mins.
5: 4:00-5:00pm The End of Treaty Making
Dr. John Lutz (UVic)
Graham Brazier (independent scholar).
Reception Hosted by JFK Law. 5:00-6:00
Dinner on your own.
Sunday - February 26, 2017
8:00-9:00am Breakfast
Opening Session
6: 9:00-10:00am The Missing Huu-ay-aht Treaty. Huu-ay-aht Ta’yii Ha’wilth Tliishin
(Derek Peters), Huu-ay-aht historian Chief Councillor Robert Dennis, Kevin Neary of Traditions Consulting Services.
Before the Douglas Treaties: The Mowachaht confront European Expansion
John Price (UVic), Margarita James (Land of Maquinna Cultural Society)
BREAK 15 mins.
7: 10:15-11:15am Treaty Fishing Rights
Dr. Nick Claxton (Saanich Nation and UVic), Drew Mildon (Woodward and Company).
BREAK/Overflow Time
8: 11:30-12:30 Post-Signing History of the Douglas Treaties.
Raymond Frogner (Archivist, National Truth and Reconciliation Archives), Dr. Neil Vallance (UVic Law).
Sunday Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30
Afternoon Session
9: 1:30-2:45pm Avoiding Treaties: Indian Policy in Mainland BC.
Sarah Pike (MA student, UBC Law), Dr. Keith Carlson (Univ. of Saskatchewan), David Robbins (Woodward and Company).
10: 3:00-4:30pm Wrap-Up
Witnesses called at the dinner on Friday night will be called upon to respond to what they have heard.