Cooking Up a Storm

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March 14th, 2007Elder Lux Lak u Luk Greg Sam from the Tsartlip community of the Saanich Nation and the Coast Salish, will open the conference with a greeting and prayer to honour the peoples whose land the law school occupies.Panel 1 (6:30pm):  Policy Issues in Aquaculture:  Environment and Economics Panel 1 will not be addressing any hard ‘legal’ issues, but rather will explore various scientific and environmental concerns associated with aquacultural operations, as well as the policy decisions facing the Government in light of these environmental concerns.  This will also provide a backdrop for the second panel, which will discuss implications of aquacultural development for aboriginal communities and aboriginal rights.  Panelists:  Mike Price (Biologist, from Raincoast):  Mr. Price will discuss the scientific research on the environmental effects of aquaculture, raising some concerns about current practices in British Columbia.  Gavin Last (Assistant Director, Aquaculture Development Branch, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands):  Mr. Last will explain the BC Government’s policy approach in the aquacultural sector, and explain the role that environmental concerns play in this process.  Richard Buchanan (Agrimarine Industries).  Mr. Buchanan will share from his experience with green technologies in salmon farming to address the challenges in developing environmentally sound and economically viable aquaculture.Dr. Brian Riddell (DFO Pacific – Science Branch).  Dr. Riddell’s presentation will draw from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ submission to the BC Special Committee on Aquaculture.  This presentation will address some of the concerns that have arisen in relation to sea lice, salmon farming, and wild salmon stocks.Panel 2 (8:15pm):  Aquaculture and Aboriginal Rights This panel will be discussing the impact of aquaculture on aboriginal communities and to aboriginal rights.  Issues may include the potential harm to wild salmon stocks on which First Nations communities depend, aquaculture and the Crown’s treaty obligations, or the extent of the Crown’s duty to consult First Nations in aquacultural development.   Panelists:Krista Robertson (Lawyer, Woodward and Co.): Ms. Robertson will discuss some of the above legal issues of aboriginal rights and title in the context of aquaculture in BC.Mary Vickers (Activist, Heiltsuk First Nation):  Ms. Vickers will share some concerns regarding aquaculture and its effects on indigenous communities.

March 15th, 2007 Panel 3 (12:30pm – 1:30pm) Protecting Local Food and Curbing Urban SprawlDeborah Curran (Principal of Deborah Curran & Company and UVic Law Sessional Instructor)Brandy Gallagher-McPherson (Executive Director of OUR (One United Resource) Ecovillage, located in Shawnigan Lake)

Panel 4 (6:30pm):  Food and Water Security: Part I Panels 4 and 5 will explore various legal and policy issues in bioregionalism and food security.

Debbie Dergousoff (PhD candidate, SFU): Ms. Dergousoff will discuss human rights issues in coffee bean production and fair trade regimes.Naomi Devine (student – COP conference, Nairobi 2006): Ms. Devine will discuss issues of water security raised at the COP conference in Nairobi.Jenny Macleod: (District A Farmers Institute):  Ms. Macleod will discuss issues of food and water security as they effect nonhuman animals. Lorenzo Magzul (Professor, University of British Columbia):  Mr. Magzul will discuss the importance of protecting indigenous food production, and explore some of the challenges indigenous communities face in this respect.

Panel 5: (8:15pm) Food and Water Security: Part II Herb Barbolet (Associate, Food Security and Sustainable Community Development): Mr. Barbolet will explain the threats posed by plant patenting and genetically modified organisms.Linda Geggie (LifeCycles):  Ms. Geggie will discuss her efforts to create a Regional Food Charter and other initiatives to protect local food in the Capital Regional District. Andrew Newcombe (Professor, UVic Faculty of Law):  Mr. Newcombe will discuss challenges to bioregionalism posed by international law and economic theory.

Information for Conference Attendees (PDF version) Transportation:Taxi Cabs Victoria Taxi, Tel # (250) 383-7111 Empress Taxi, Tel # (250) 381-2222 Buses #4 and #14 bus routes to University of Victoria from downtown. Ferries BC Ferries Schedule Maps UVIC Campus Map, Fraser Law Building (the location of the Conference) is at the intersection of McGill Road and Ring Road Map of Victoria General Contacts: If you have any questions prior to or during the Conference, please contact: Rachel Forbes, 250-661-2581 Tim Thielmann, 250-889-8418

STORM SPONSORS   The ELC would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their generosity: Café Brio Good Planet Co. Law Foundation of BC    Level Ground Trading Ltd                          Share Organics     Ten Thousand Villages @ 1976 Oak Bay Avenue 250-727-7281

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