Macdonald-Laurier Institute Senior Fellow Dwight Newman will be speaking on Aboriginal participation in natural resource projects and the Supreme Court of Canada in separate events in Ottawa this week.

Aboriginal affairs

On Thursday March 5, Newman will be taking part Dwight Newmanin the University of Ottawa’s “Positive Energy” conference.

The “Fostering Aboriginal Participation in Energy” panel will examine the legal and public policy challenges to effective partnerships between First Nations and natural resource development companies.

Newman has conducted extensive research on this issue. He authored papers for MLI on the duty to consult and the Supreme Court’s Tsilhqot’in decision, as well as a recent op-ed for the Globe and Mail on why provinces don’t have the legal right to “veto” national pipelines.

The panel event, which starts at 3:15 p.m., will feature representatives from Natural Resources Canada, TransCanada and Ishkonigan Consulting and Mediation.

The Supreme Court

Newman will also be speaking as part of the Manning Centre’s 2015 “Manning Networking Conference” on Saturday, March 7.

A panel will examine in greater detail MLI’s paper arguing that the Supreme Court of Canada was the policy maker of the year in 2014.

Newman, who is also a professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan, will join Rainer Knopff and Ian Brodie of the University of Calgary.

The event starts at 2:45 p.m.