The Commons Workshop on Effective Aboriginal Consultations and Productive Relationships

Scheduled Dates
  • 18th and 19th of July 2017: Victoria (Special Offer: register before 15 June 2017 and you could win a Caribbean cruise for two!)
  • 2nd and 3rd of October 2017: Sudbury
  • 27th and 28th of November 2017: Ottawa
  • 27th and 28th of March 2018: Toronto
  • 24th and 25th of July 2018: Edmonton
About the Workshop

It is a legal imperative that Canada consult with indigenous communities when the Crown contemplates conduct that might adversely impact potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty rights. The mechanics of such consultations have been left flexible by the courts, as no two consultations are the same. However, similarities do exist, and with increased activity, norms do develop. Due to the fact that most conduct that could adversely impact on potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty rights are undertaken by industry, a three way reality has evolved between indigenous communities, the Crown, and industry. Within that reality, a wide array of consultation practices exist, along with a number of different approaches to the negotiations that in many instances necessarily follow such consultations.

In order to deliver usable skills to parties and individuals involved in consultations and consequential negotiations, The Commons Institute has developed an annual workshop that provides an in-depth exploration of the consultations and negotiations landscape. Topics and in-class modules covered by our seasoned faculty include but will not be limited to an overview of the Common Law duty to consult; a step by step guide to getting ready for consultations; identifying personality types, negotiation styles and dominant issues in consultations; interest-based negotiations approaches that get results in consultations; and role plays, such as one on identifying and negotiating accommodation options.
Workshop Faculty
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Jide Afolabi
With over a decade of experience as a negotiator, Jide brings a particular depth of skill to his role as course instructor for our program on mastering negotiations. A product of Osgoode Hall Law School as well as the London School of Economics, Jide was called to the Ontario bar in 2000. His career has seen him take on increasing responsibility as a negotiator, beginning with the implementation of agreements, and progressing to work as a fiscal negotiator and finally as a senior negotiator with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). He has been at the helm of multiple multi-party negotiations involving over half a billion dollars in transfer payments. Subsequent to his time at INAC, Jide practiced international trade law at the Canadian International Trade tribunal (CITT) before setting up his law practice. While at the CITT, Jide provided legal counsel regarding many complex files in the areas of tariff classification, value for duty, rules of origin, excise tax, government procurement, as well as anti-dumping investigations. Jide’s work in international trade law has contributed to the establishment of precedents as well as the alteration of customs policy. Jide works in Ottawa as a consulting negotiator and as an international trade lawyer.
“An excellent speaker in command of his subject.”

Program Brochure

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Registration Fee

Up to 10 days before workshop: $690 + taxes
Within 10 days of workshop: $990 + taxes

Register for 9th and 10th of May 2017: Whitehorse

Register for 18th and 19th of July 2017: Victoria

Register for 27th and 28th of March 2018: Toronto

Register for 27th and 28th of November 2017: Ottawa

Register for 2nd and 3rd of October 2017: Sudbury

What You Need To Know

Printed Materials
Materials required for the purposes of experiential learning, such as scenarios and exercises, as well as all workshop materials, are provided in printed form.

We know schedules can get quite busy, and we know last minute cancellations often wreak havoc on those schedules. That is why, as a measure of certainty, The Commons Institute rarely cancels its programs. We believe this puts us in a class of our own, and delivers worry-free professional development to the professionals that take our programs.

Locations & Cruise Offer
Our workshops are held annually in locations across Canada. In the event you have a group of learners and don’t see your location listed, please contact us and we’ll be glad to arrange for a workshop at your location.
Regarding our Caribbean cruise offer: the draw is conditional on the receipt of adequate registrations to enable your workshop to proceed. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash. Prize includes cruise component (inside room) only, does not include flight or other transportation to and from port, or incidental expenses. Cash value of prize can be capped at our sole discretion.

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