Haisla Chief Councillor to Give Keynote Speech at Event in Ottawa

John Crawford
01/25/2019

The Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation Council has been announced as the keynote speaker at a prestigious event next month in Ottawa.

Crystal Smith will give a speech to the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, during its annual dinner at the Canadian War Museum on February 20th.

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The theme this year is "Beyond Reconciliation: Forging a new partnership with Indigenous peoples."

Smith has been described by Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason as representing "a new generation of aboriginal leadership in British Columbia, one that is young, educated and willing to challenge customs that have held native communities in Canada back for decades."

Among the panel speakers will be Karen Ogen-Toews, the CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance.


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We have exciting news!

As you likely know, our annual dinner is less than a month away. This year's theme is "Beyond Reconciliation: Forging a new partnership with Indigenous peoples."

Today, we are pleased to officially announce that Crystal Smith, the Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation Council, will be delivering a key note speech!

According to Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason, Ms. Smith "represents a new generation of aboriginal leadership in British Columbia, one that is young, educated and willing to challenge shibboleths that have held native communities in Canada back for decades." You do not want to miss what she and our other esteemed speakers have to say about Indigenous economic opportunity in Canada.

Just like past years, this dinner will feature a lively discussion of the issues and an opportunity to hob nob with Canadian leaders in government, industry and the media. 
 

 
Event details:
 
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 6 pm - 10 pm (Registration starts at 6:00 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)
For more information, visit our event page on our website here. We hope that you can join us!
 

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