Pathways to Truth and Reconciliation: Empowering Nations through the Implementation of Self-Government with Brian MacDonald

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In follow-up to our Truth and Reconciliation Summit held in October 2016 at Banff Centre, Indigenous Leadership at Banff Centre hosts a monthly speaker series that invites Bow Valley residents to engage in relevant topics, local discussions, and learn more about Indigenous culture, history, and knowledge. We continue to be impressed by the interest the Bow Valley shows when we bring the classroom into community with this monthly speaker series.
We offer this series in partnership with Banff Canmore Community Foundation and each month a new guest speaker shares on the topic of truth and reconciliation. 

In our second season of the Truth and Reconciliation Speaker Series we will be exploring the “Pathways to Truth and Reconciliation”, asking speakers to share what they have learned about the Action of Reconciliation through their own journey, case studies and successes and barriers encountered along the way. We believe that the path to reconciliation must always be grounded in the truth before we advance to reconciliation and along the path, intent and implementation may differ. These are the stories we have invited our speakers to share with us this season.

Speaker Biography

Brian MacDonald

Brian L. MacDonald is from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations located in the Southwest Yukon and Northwest BC. Brian has been practising law since 1999 in Whitehorse, Yukon. His practice has primarily focused on issues that relate to First Nation Governance including environmental law, human rights, constitutional law, contract law, legislative drafting and intergovernmental relations.

Mr. MacDonald has worked closely with a number of First Nations with Land Claim and Self Government Agreements providing advice on a wide range of governance and Treaty right issues. He has experience appearing before parliamentary committees, legislative steering committees and numerous United Nation bodies. Brian has also actively participated in local, national and international meetings relating to the protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Cultural Knowledge. Mr. MacDonald has also chaired numerous boards including: Champagne and Aishihik Trust, Yukon Human Rights Commission, Kluane Park Management Board, and the Yukon Aboriginal Sport Circle.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys hunting moose and bison and learning the traditions of his culture. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys training for long distance triathlons. Mr. MacDonald currently holds positions as Director, Dakwakada Development Corporation, Board Member of the Yukon Surface Right Board, and Protector of the Vuntut Gwitchin Business Trust.