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Conflict and despair may make the headlines, but behind the scenes an unknown and unsuspected revolution is transforming the Indigenous world. For the first time since the arrival of non-Indigenous people, Aboriginal people have acquired real power and are asking themselves how to use it to solve the challenges they face. Contrary to much popular opinion, the answer they are coming to is that the way to make the most of this newfound power is not to oppose economic development but to work in mutually-respectful partnership with other Canadians to unlock opportunity for everyone, especially in natural resources and infrastructure. Neither side can move ahead without the other. How are we going to make this work?

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has been recognized as the national leader in facing these issues head on, finding the right policy ideas, and bringing together the people with the ability and the desire to make things better. Now, we are devoting our biggest forum, MLI's annual dinner, to a new national discussion on the place of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Our program will feature the powerful new Indigenous voices that all Canadians need to be hearing more from.

As always we are planning to bring together Ottawa's movers and shakers, opinion leaders and policy makers, for an evening that will leave everyone informed and inspired about meeting our country's greatest challenges. Please join us.

Event Details

- Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

- Time: 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

- Location: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa

- Cost: $199 per ticket (or $1592 for a table of 8)

As always, the event will feature a networking reception, a sit-down dinner and a panel discussion.

Keynote Speakers

- Blaine Favel, CEO of Kanata Earth; Director at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute

- Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation Council

Panel Speakers

- Sean Willy, President and CEO, Des Nedhe Development

- Stephen Buffalo, President and CEO, Indian Resource Council

- Theresa Tait-Day, Founding Member of the First Nations Major

- Projects Coalition

- Karen Ogen-Toews, CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance

- Ken Coates, MLI Munk Senior Fellow (moderator)