2012 Events

7th Annual Learning Together Conference

Date: March 29 - 30, 2012
Location: Yellowknife Dene First Nation

The Learning Together annual conference is an interactive, grassroots approach offered in a safe and open manner. It encourages honest dialogue and sharing of values and best practices related to the Canadian mining industry and the involvement of Aboriginal communities and people. Through workshops, case studies and networking, the mineral industry learns what it takes to carry out meaningful negotiations, and Aboriginal communities learn about the issues facing the industry. 

For more information, please visit:  
Click here for the conference agenda.

Contact Information
Lisa Souliere
Executive Assistant
Tel: 705.254.2702 Ext.225
E: [email protected]

Natalie Waboose
Tel. 705.254.2702 Ext.234
E: [email protected]

Aboriginal Business Series
CSR and Indigenous Canada: Understanding the link

Date: April 4, 2012 ; 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Toronto

Participate in this unique forum to explore the significance of Indigenous Relations as it pertains to a company's overall corporate social responsibility strategy. Learn about cutting edge initiatives in Indigenous Canada and around the world.

For more information and to register please click here.

Contact Information:
Please contact Maya Kwasnycia, [email protected] 

Aboriginal Business Luncheon: Thunder Bay

Date: May 1, 2012 ; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Valhalla Inn

The Ring of Fire in northern Ontario is expected to have a significant impact on the province's economy, Cliffs Natural Resources has a major stake in the development and the region. 

Join Joseph Carrabba, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cliffs Natural Resources on May 1, 2012 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay to hear about their plans for the Ring of Fire and the opportunities for Aboriginal People in the region.

Fore more information and to register please click here

Contact Information
Please contact Maya Kwasnycia, [email protected]

2012 Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Tradeshow
Major Projects, Major Opportunities: Aboriginal Participation in Canada's Development Projects

Date: October 15-16, 2012
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Are You an Aboriginal Business, Aboriginal Entrepreneur, Business, Community Leader, or Economic Development Officer? Then this event is for you! 

  • Learn how your Business or Community can benefit from major resource projects
  • Learn from Showcase Projects
  • Hear from Business and Community Leaders
  • Share Insights and Acquire Tools
  • Network with Aboriginal and Non-aboriginal Businesses

For more information and to register please click here.

19th Annual National Cando Conference & Annual General Meeting
"Building Capacity, Building Communities”

Date: October 22-25
Location: Membertou, Nova Scotia

Aboriginal participation in economic development initiatives has catalyzed progressive and positive change in communities all across Canada. These remarkable successes have changed the future of communities and enhanced the economic well-being and opportunities for Aboriginal people. Each year Cando hosts a national conference that provides a platform for leaders in Aboriginal economic development to shine, be celebrated for their achievements and share the stories of their success to a national audience.

For more information and to register please click here.

20th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association Conference
Community Gems, Faceted Outcomes" Maximizing Community & Minerals Industry Resources to the Benefit of All

Date: November 18-20
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Aboriginal communities and resource companies use common lands for often opposing uses and differing values. Aboriginal communities maintain a residual and ongoing right to use lands ceded by them through treaties, while resource companies also have a right to access and use these same lands for mineral development through legislation. In the next decade how will Aboriginal communities and resource companies move from talking about consultation to evolving forms of consent.This conference will address ways to meet the challenges facing all of us including the education and training of Aboriginal youth; development of participation agreements; and ways to mutually prosper in the minerals industry.

For more information and to register please click here.

Aboriginal Mining Education Forum

Date: November 20-21
Location: Toronto, Ontario

The Aboriginal Mining Education Forum will bring together representatives from Aboriginal organizations, education and mining and mineral exploration. The Forum will be a strategic networking event resulting in an improved understanding of the issues of Aboriginal education as it critically applies to human resources management in mining and mineral exploration and the economic development of Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) communities. Delegates can anticipate a collaborative experience, where ideas, information and contacts are shared.

For more information and to register please click here.