Remarks and Discussion: Chief Judy Desjarlais and Sharon Singh

Jun. 28, 2022 at 3:56 p.m. PDT

Remarks by Chief Judy Desjarlais of the Blueberry River First Nation on the path forward for her community are followed by a discussion with legal expert Sharon G.K. Singh (Bennett Jones).

Chief Judy Desjarlais of the Blueberry River First Nations, located in Treaty 8 Territory, Northeast BC, is Dunne’za/Nehiyaw (Beaver/Cree) raised by her Grandparents May & Bernard Apsassin. Her recent election win, in January of 2022, saw her enter a governance landscape framed by the BC Provincial Court ruling on the Treaty Rights of her Nation.

Sharon Singh is a Partner with and co-head of Aboriginal law at Bennett Jones LLP. She advises on regulatory, governance, environmental, water and Aboriginal law to various sectors. She guides organizations through impact/environmental assessments, agreements and partnerships with Indigenous communities, ESG related disclosures, opportunities and risks, regulatory and environmental audits and undertakes complex due diligence. She is actively involved with the community as Member of the Wet'suwet'en Community Advisory Council, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Mining Association of British Columbia and the Association of Mineral Exploration. She is also active with numerous community boards and industry associations.

Subtitles available in: English