Join us on Tuesday May 16th for a fun opportunity to socialize before the conference starts. Expand your network and golf in our best ball tournament at the Ranch and/or come to see who won, and to hear about the World Indigenous Nations Games at the golf tournament dinner on Tuesday night.

This year’s theme for Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR) Society's annual networking conference is The Evolving Practise of Indigenous Relations. Once again we are delighted to bring together an insightful line-up of elders, community and industry leaders, lawyers, educators, policy-makers, and agents of change who will provide you with updates on matters that affect economic and social issues in our area of practice (Aboriginal/Indigenous Relations). Come and hear some of today’s perspectives on last year’s WildFire and Pipeline Emergencies, updates on consultation and policy including a look at the governance that shapes policy development that arises from Creation Stories and more. We are also very excited to be able to present our first one-hour ICIR Teasers ever!! These are mini-sessions from our University of Alberta Faculty of Extension Indigenous Community Industry Relations Certificate/Citation program and are sure to stimulate some very interesting critical thought and dialogue specific to the needs and interests of our members.

Wind up the conference activities with your new friends and colleagues at the casual and informal Networking Mixer event on Wednesday night.

We are honoured and privileged that Elders Irene Morin, Bob Cardinal, Reg Crow Shoe and others are supporting the conference activities this year.


The Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR) is a registered non-profit, non-partisan Society of Aboriginal Relations professionals from diverse backgrounds who work within Aboriginal communities, government and industry. CFAR was created in 2004 at a workshop attended by 40 Aboriginal Relations professionals with significant experience in the newly emerging profession. As a non-profit society, CFAR remains a front-runner in facilitating dialogue around issues faced by Aboriginal Relations professionals through the generous support of our sponsors and members.


• Aboriginal Community Leaders
• Aboriginal Community Members and Representatives
• Members of Aboriginal Associations and Communities
• Community and Economic Development Officers
• Finance and Administration Officers
• Environmental Managers and Consultants
• Private Sector Aboriginal Relations/Community Relations and Human Resources Departments
• Students seeking a career in the Aboriginal Relations field
• Policy Advisors and Analysts
• Ministries/Departments involved in Aboriginal Relations, Consultation and Economic Capacity Building Programs
• Lawyers specializing in First Nations and Métis Nations Law
• Oil & gas, forestry, mining and related service companies
• Land Programme participants
• Landmen
• Newcomers to Aboriginal Relations
• Individuals in the Regulatory Profession



Gerald Auger- actor, producer, writer, director, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, National Native, Role Model of Woodland Cree descent from Alberta, Canada. Gerald is taking his film projects by storm, continuing his mission to change the traditional stereotype of Indigenous people and how they are perceived. We Are: Justice Nation campaign, Windcatcher, Lost Face, and Anichkov Bridge are his latest additions taking new heights this fall.Click Here to Read More...
Carolyn Burns is interested in how big organizations interact with the people they impact. She specializes in designing and implementing operations and management process to make things run smoothly and efficiently. Specifically, Carolyn has helped big corporations, academic institutions, small companies and non-profits implement operational systems to understand and manage their interactions with people Click Here to Read More...
Jane Church,is interested in working with diverse groups of people and organizations to understand the big picture. She specializes in pulling together viewpoints to find new ways to understand the world and solve complex problems. She is an experienced facilitator who has worked with companies, communities, and civil society groups. Click Here to Read More...

(Chief) Dr. Reg Crow Shoe is a Blackfoot Cultural and Spiritual Advisor, and is the former Chief of the Piikani Nation. Reg and his late father, Joe Crow Shoe, travelled extensively around the world bringing awareness and education about Blackfoot history, traditions and spirituality.Click Here to Read More...
Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) President, Audrey Poitras, is one of the highest profile Métis women in Canada. Audrey’s career in Métis politics began in 1996 when she was elected to lead the Métis Nation of Alberta as its first female President. From Métis identity to Métis rights and recognition, Audrey remains a key figure among Canada’s political leaders. Click Here to Read More...


Bill Anderson

Wayne Courchene

Melanie Soler

Ed Standinghorn

Chief Delbert Wapass

Jim Yaremko

Tim Heins

Marcel Pelletier

Richard Piche

Jonathan Stringer

Gary Bosgoed
Workshop Leader

Dr. Fay Fletcher
Workshop Leader

Dr. Patricia Makokis
Workshop Leader

Janice Makokis
Workshop Leader

Chief Billy Morin
Opening Remarks & Welcome

Joseph Pimlott
Master of Ceremonies

Todd Belot
Opening & Closing Remarks

Aaron Barner
Technical Support


Irene Morin
Respected Elder

Irene Morin is an active member of the Enoch Cree Nation community. She is a residential school survivor who has recognized Blue Quills as the institution that gave her a good education foundation. Read more...

Reg Crow Shoe
Respected Elder

Reg Crow Shoe is a Blackfoot Cultural and Spiritual Advisor, and is the former Chief of the Piikani Nation.


Sponsorship Opportunities are available and we thank all our sponsors for their continuous support in helping us make stride in fostering leadership and education in Aboriginal relations.  To participate as a sponsor and for more information click here or contact Sandra Sutter, CFAR Executive Director at 403-560-0452



It's time to Register! Registrations are available on Eventbrite by clicking this link or click on the 'Click and Register Now Eventbrite' button below. Manual registrations can be found HERE. The golf tournament registration form can be found HERE.

Eventbrite - 11th Annual CFAR Society Spring Networking Conference and Golf Tournament


Networking Golf Tournament - May 16, 2017

The Ranch Golf & Country Club

52516 Rand Road 262
Acheson, Alberta T7X 5A2
Phone: (780) 470-4700

Conference Event - May 17, 2017

Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort

Click here to book now!
300 East Lapotac Blvd
Enoch, Alberta T7X 3Y3
Phone: (780) 484-2121