Past CFAR Events
Opening December 14: The Indigenous Languages Resource Centre
2019 was declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the United Nations. Thanks to support from the Government of Alberta, the Library was able to mark this year in a special way. We are excited to announce the opening of an Indigenous Languages Resource Centre in Central Library. Visit this space to meet with Indigenous Elders, share stories under a night sky light installation, view traditional items, and learn the languages of Treaty 7 nations.
Thank you to our sponsors, your continued support lets us continue too!
Thank you to Husky Energy and Infinity Metis Corporation for sponsorship of this event! More sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Sandra at email@example.com.
On May 31st a journey begins! The Walk For Common Ground is a 350 Km walk between Edmonton and Calgary focused on developing deeper settler/indigenous relationships! WATCH AND JOIN IN!
Our Theme this year is CONSERVATION
How is your Conference Agenda shaping up?
We will start the conference with an early morning Pipe Ceremony and a welcome by the local community leadership as is our practice.
Conference – the River Cree Resort – Enoch: Rachelle Venne from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women will join Chief Billy Morin (Enoch Cree Nation) and Elder Irene Morin to open the day’s activities at 8 am sharp! The morning will include Dr. Reg Crowshoe speaking about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and default systems; a presentation from Dr. James Makokis related to Conservation and Health; Brian McGuigan (CAPP – Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) presenting and hosting a workshop on The Intersectionality of Economic Development and Cultural Conservation; and an additional workshop about the impact of chronic wasting disease (presenter tbd).
Our lunchtime presentation will feature Valerie Knaga and George Chalut (Historic Resources Management Branch – Alberta Heritage) addressing Conservation through Archaeology/Historic Resources.
The afternoon will start with two concurrent workshops and then we will move into the main room to hear Michael Pucci’s (DP World) presentation on Economic prosperity – Identity; Environmental and Cultural Conservation; Justin Fontaine providing a legal update related to The Law of Conservation: Transforming Community Relations in the Name of Development and Reconciliation and an Elder and Youth panel focused on Reclamation (Jimmy O’Chiese, Tracey Poitras-Collins, Alita Murowchuk and tbd).
The film evening (6-8ish) will include a viewing of Treaty Talks followed by a talkback Q & A with Dr. Pat Makokis, Scott McDougall. Informal networking and discussion opportunities will continue until 10 pm.
To register for the Conference or the networking Golf Tournament (via Event Brite) please click here.
Can I register just to golf?
You sure can, and we’d love for you to join us the next day as well.
Golf – The Ranch Golf and Country Club – Acheson: Join us for a day of fun with plenty of networking opportunities and a best ball tournament, followed by a presentation from Canadian Long Drive Champion Irene Crowchild (who you can also attempt to outdrive on a hole) and dinner. Registration starts at 11.
Which events should I pick?
The categories that you can register for are the full package (networking conference and networking golf tourney as well as the film evening) or any single element of those three. If you register for the conference only your registration includes the film night.
How do I know if I am Industry or Community?
Who do you work for? Do you work for a mainstream company (Industry) or a First Nation, Metis, or Indigenous organization (Community)? If you work for a non profit or are retired you will fall within the community member or student category. Remember that you will save more than you spend on membership by qualifying to register as a CFAR member when you apply to become a CFAR member (and are approved)!
Are there still Sponsorship Opportunities?
There sure are, check these very affordable options out, and remember to maximize your attendee and sponsor recognition ratio!
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call Maureen Doyle at 1-403-803-5805 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the refund policy?
Tickets are non-refundable but transferable within membership classes.
Thank you for coming!
Thank you as always to our organizational sponsors: AECOM, CIVEO, CLAC, Enerplus, Horizon North, MEG Energy, Primco Dene, Royal Camp Services Ltd., and Tarpon Energy Services.
Thank you for attending our March 21st Breakfast Mixer in Calgary! We had a great time, and the new venue, Hotel Arts, went over well with the 80 individuals who came out to the event. See you in May at our annual networking conference and golf tournament!
ANNUAL NETWORKING CELEBRATION AND AGM EVENT NOVEMBER 29TH!
Thank you for joining us for networking and celebration at the start of the Christmas Season. This opportunity to connect with fellow Indigenous/Industry/Community and Government Liaison Practitioners takes place every year, and in addition to being fun and informative, also includes a review of the business of the prior Fiscal year.
Our thanks to AltaGas for sponsorship this event.
WE HAD A GREAT SUMMER, AND HOPE YOU DID TOO!
THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR ANNUAL NETWORKING CONFERENCE AND GOLF TOURNAMENT IN JUNE!
Our conference agenda can be found here.
ACCOMMODATION: Contact the River Cree Resort directly at 1-844-425-2733 or at https://www.rivercreeresort.com/ to book your room.
EVENING MIXER EVENT!
We are looking forward to hearing from John Reilly! He is the author of the best selling book, “Bad Medicine – A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations community”, and “Bad Judgment – the Myths of First Nations Equality and Judicial Independence in Canada”. The third book in the trilogy, “Bad Law – Re-Thinking the Crimminal Justice system” will be published next year.
WHAT’S GOING ON – CONFERENCE AGENDA
WHAT’S GOING ON – GOLF SCHEDULE
Thank you as always to our organizational sponsors: AECOM, Civeo, CLAC, Enerplus, Horizon North, MEG Energy, Primco Dene, Royal Camp Services Ltd., Seven Lakes Oilfield Services and Tarpon Energy Services.
And THANK YOU to our Corporate Members:
AECOM, AER, ALPAC, BACKWOODS ENERGY, BLACK DIAMOND GROUP, CAPP, CANADIAN PACIFIC, CENOVUS, CLAC, DEVON, ENERNEXT COUNSEL, FNPA, HORIZON NORTH, NEXEN, REPSOL, ROYAL CAMP SERVICES LTD., SECURE ENERGY SERVICES, STREAMLINE MECHANICAL LP, SUMMIT CIVILS *Note: Corporate memberships that have not yet been paid are not listed here.
May 24th found us at our first ever evening networking Mixer in Cold Lake at the Marriott Cold Lake. This event was sponsored in part by TransCanada Pipelines. It was well attended, and we are going to look for a date to hold our next Lakeland Mixer soon!
We had so much fun on April 26th, at the evening Mixer in Calgary. Many people said that they really enjoyed listening to Mel Benson (who spoke on the importance of mentoring and supporting youth).
March 29th, our Networking Connections Breakfast featured a short talk by Darren Huculak from FNPA (First Nations Power Authority) and Joseph Duperreault from First Renewable Energy Partners at the Sawridge in Edmonton.
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A PANEL DIALOGUE ON PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IMPACT
Panelists include: Chief Dr. Reg Crowshoe, Chief Roland Willson, Patricia Hoard, Chief Darlene Hunter, Georgina Lightning, Dean ManyWounds and Darlene Lennie.
This event provided opportunity for Corporate leaders to participate in a dialogue with Indigenous leaders, strengthening their understanding of meaningful relationships and respectful consultation, and to develop genuine partnerships. Panel consisted of progressive Indigenous Chiefs and leaders who are moving forward in economic and social development.
(all proceeds to Indigenous youth and education projects).
— Insight into Impact —
CELEBRATING AND HONOURING
IMPACT SOCIETY’S EDUCATION AND
Impact Society has reason to celebrate. Impact Society’s HEROES® programs and processes have impacted in excess of 160,000 young people and adults. We are also very proud of our quickly expanding Indigenous initiatives. Stats Canada – “The Aboriginal population in Canada is the fastest growing segment of Canadian population.” We have specialized our programs for Indigenous youth, parents/caregivers, and community leaders — utilizing traditional cultural teachings leading to increased physical, spiritual, mental and emotional capacity of a Nation. Indigenous communities are quickly embracing our approach due to it being restorative, rather than punitive.
See attached invites for more information. If you have any questions about these events OR are interested in being a sponsor, please contact email@example.com.
Thank you for joining us on December 7th for our annual December Networking Event and AGM at the Carriage House. It was a lovely evening – our thanks to Elder Kelly Good Eagle Sr and Daphne Good Eagle, and to our speakers – some impromptu – Todd Belot, Amy Willier, Ryan Robb and Stuart Randell!
Thank you for attending our November 23rd breakfast events!
Thank you as always to our organizational sponsors: AECOM, CLAC, Horizon North, Noralta Lodge, Primco Dene, Royal Camp Services Ltd., Seven Lakes Oilfield Services and Tarpon Energy Services.
May 16 & 17 – 11th Annual CFAR Society Spring Conference Networking Event and Golf Tournament
March 23rd – We Connected over Breakfast again at the International Hotel, 220-4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 0H5, Canada | www.internationalhotel.ca.
Much fun was had as we shared some camaraderie, and wise practice conversations with colleagues from Community, Industry and Government. Our thanks to CFAR’s Board President, Todd Belot, for his comments about our wonderful organization, and what we are up to this year.
2016 AGM and Networking Event – December 15
CFAR’s 10th Annual CFAR Conference & Golf Tournament took place May 24-26 at the River Cree Resort and The Ranch Golf and Country Club.
We hosted a Silent Auction FUNdraiser to support Indigenous communities affected by the fires in northern Alberta.
We are pleased to announce that we raised $3,000!
Thanks to all our participants and supporters.
2015 AGM and Networking Event – December 3
11th Annual AGM & Networking Dinner: Celebrating Relational Leadership
December 3, 2015 at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
Thank you to our valued sponsors:
9th Annual CFAR Conference & Networking Golf Tournament
September 15-17, 2015
NETWORKING GOLF TOURNAMENT – at the Ranch
Golf Tournament it was cold out!! and wet!! – Tuesday September 15th – Registration and Lunch at 11 – Shotgun start at 1 – Dinner, Prizes and the Moosehide Campaign with Nelson Mayer at 6:30.
The Conference Agenda can be found at this link 2015_CFAR_9th_Annual_Conference_AGENDA (subject to change) and includes a lineup of individuals form across Canada speaking to ‘Wise Practices in Community Development’ in the areas of Economic Development, Employment and Training, Procurement, Law, Professional Development, Interactive Digital Mapping, Regulatory Updates in Alberta and more – the complete conference package can be found here 2015_CFAR_Conference.
In Alphabetical Order
Darrell Balkwill, Whitecap Dakota First Nation
Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation – a copy of his presentation can be found here
James Blackman, Primco Dene
Alex Bolton, Alberta Energy Regulator
Colleen Hughes, University of Calgary
Councillor Dean Dokkie, West Moberly First Nation
Colin Ellis, SustaiNet
Michael Fleming, Procurement Services, Service Alberta
Phil Fontaine, Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Rob Gibbs, Evolution Camp Services
Michele Gilbert, Worley Parsons
Tim Heins, Royal Camps (Moderator)
Jessica Kennedy, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Stephen Lindley, SNC Lavalin
Dr. Patricia Makokis, CFAR Credential Recognition Committee
Chris Martens, City of Edmonton
Nelson Mayer, Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association
Patricia (Trish) Merrithew-Mercredi, Mikisew Cree First Nation
Chief Billy Morin, Enoch Cree Nation
Irene Morin, Enoch Cree Nation (Elder)
Dr. Pozega Osburn, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension
Gene Ouellette, Iron Buffalo Consulting
Joseph Pimlott, Metis Nation of Alberta
Barrie Robb, MacKenzie Aboriginal Corporation
Bee Schadeck, Devon (Moderator)
Ed Standinghorn, Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs
Lorne Ternes, Lorne Ternes Professional Corporation (Moderator)
Jack Toth, Impact Society
Carole Tucker, TransCanada Pipelines
Steve Wilson, Qooluun Ventures
Massey Whiteknife, ICEIS Safety
Sheldon Wuttunee, FSIN Centre of Excellence
Thank you to our valued Conference and Golf Sponsors!
Thank you for attending our Annual AGM Event – Relational Partnerships, December 4th, 2014 from 5-11 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary.
Our AGM Event Sponsorship levels this year were:
Crow – $2000, Wolf – $1000, Friends of CFAR – $500 Click here for details.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Friends of CFAR
CFAR was honoured to host our 8th Annual Conference and Golf Tournament September 9-11, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel at the River Cree Resort and Conference Center at Enoch, Alberta.
Our Conference Theme was Social License: Community, Approval, Acceptance.
Mr. Grant Pollock, Conference Gala Speaker
AED Advantage developed, the First Nation HeartSave Program, the first and only program of its kind in Canada. Today the program is very successful in Saskatchewan. Grant is passionate about AED technology and wants to see the program grow and become a success in Alberta.
The Conference Agenda is here.
Confirmed speakers include:
A Panel consisting of Leaders from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 in response to the recent Supreme Court of Canada Ruling, This panel will be moderated by (former Chief of the Piikani Nation) Chief Dr. Reg Crowshoe.
Treaty 6 – tbc
Treaty 7 – Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman
Treaty 8 – Chief Allan Adam
A Panel consisting of the Legal representatives from both sides in the Supreme Court caseTsilhqot’in Nation vs British Columbia, a Metis Leader and First Nation Aboriginal Rights and Treaty Rights expert. This will be moderated by the former Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation,Dr. Judith Sayers.
Drew Mildon, Woodward & Company
Kenneth J. Tyler, Borden Ladner Gervais
Bruce Dumont, Metis Nation BC
Chief Mike Koochicum, Peepeekisis First Nation
Joseph Pimlott, Vice President of Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3, returns to Emcee the Conference this year.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Aramark Remote Workplace Services – Buffalo Level Sponsor
Raven Level Sponsors
Crow Level Sponsors
Wolf Level Sponsors
Community Participation Level
Raven Level – Golf Cart Sponsor
Crow Level – Dinner Sponsor
Wolf Level – Lunch Sponsor
Kid Fox Level – Golf Hole Sponsor
Accommodations and Venue Details:
For more information about the conference venue and hotel, check out the RiverCree Marriott webpage at: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yegmc-edmonton-marriott-at-river-cree-resort/
For more Information about the golf course location, check out the Ranch Golf &Country Club website at:
June – Elders and Industry Technicials Technical Conference – Edmonton
Chief Dr. Reg Crowshoe facilitated a two day event at the River Cree at Enoch wherein Elder Technicians from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 were able to gather and exchange stories and ideas with each other, and on the 2nd day with Aboriginal Relations Industry Technicians, for the first time since 1976.
Congratulations on a successful first foray into this important cultural and technical dialogue!
June – Golf Tournament – Fort McMurray
CFAR hosted our first Golf Tournament in beautiful Fort McMurray at the Miskanaw Golf Course at MacDonald Island Park. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, good friendships and excellent team building opportunities.
Congratulations to our winners:
Thank you to our Golf Tournament Sponsors:
Kid Fox Level – MEG Energy
APRIL – Mixer – Fort McMurray
MARCH – Lunch and Learn
March 12th Professor Les Jerome presentated a talk on “Healthy Communities: Some Observations and Implications between Individual, Family, Community, and the World”. Les brought humour and insight into a sensitive issue, and was very well received by the attendees, with many requests to engage him in future events.
Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!
Primco Dene Group of Companies
Mixer and AGM Event – November 28, 2013
The CFAR Annual General Meeting was held on November 28, 2013 and featured the music of our friend, Walter McDonald White Bear. The event was held at the beautiful Westin Hotel in downtown Calgary this year.
Walter MacDonald White Bear is a Cree singer/songwriter originally from the First Nation of Moose Factory, Ontario. In addition, Walter is an educator, performer and motivational speaker. He is one of CFAR’s regular entertainers, and has been performing acoustic and flute music for several years. Performance highlights (in addition to CFAR events!!) include The Edmonton Folk Music Festival, The Chiefs Summit, The Dream Speakers Festival, The Mountain Song Native Theater, World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education and more. Walter has been featured as a keynote speaker at various conferences with topics including Social Services, Justice, Education, Wellness and the Environment. His music is a reflection of his personal journey as a First Nations person in Canada. He has shared his cultural knowledge
with various audiences that range from correctional services to principals, teachers and students.
Thank-you to our sponsors:
PRIMCO DENE ROYAL CAMP SERVICES LP
nbsp; Complete Catering & Camp Rental
Friends of CFAR:
7th Annual Conference and Golf Tournament
We regret to advise that Minister Valcourt was unable to attend the evening Golf Tournament Dinner.
Chief Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree Nation
Jennifer Steber, the newly appointed Executive Vice-President of Stakeholder and Government Relations for the Alberta Energy Regulator.
Dr. Diana Steinhauer
Dr. Patricia Makokis
George Arcand, CEO Fort Mackay First Nation
MATTHEW WHITEHEAD • Director of Lands and Consultation for the Woodland Cree First Nation
RICHARD KING • Energy, Aboriginal and Environmental Law
Dr. Reg Crowshoe – former Chief of the Piikani Nation
Moderators – Mr. Nelson Mayer, Executive Director of the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association and newly elected President of the National Association of Friendship Centres and Lorne Ternes, CFAR Board Member, Alberta Energy Regulator hearing Commissioner, Aboriginal, Intergovernmental and Trade Law Consultant.
Golf Dinner Sponsors
Golf Tournament Luncheon Sponsors
PRIMCO DENE ROYAL CAMP SERVICES LP Complete Catering & Camp Rental
Fort McMurray Afterhours Business Mixer – April 17, 2013 at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre.
Building upon the success of our previous Fort McMurray Mixers and multiple Calgary Gatherings, CFAR presented our fourth afterhours business mixer at the Sawridge Inn & Convention Centre on April 17, 2013.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:
The CFAR Annual General Meeting was held on October 24th, 2012. The AGM this year was incorporated into an exciting evening event to start our year off with a bang featuring Ed Peekeekoot. The event started at 5:00 pm at the International Hotel Calgary. and was an evening to remember!
*** The AGM portion of the evening took place after dinner and before Ed Peekeekoot’s performance. All members in good standing were welcome to attend the AGM portion only at no charge.
Friends of CFAR:
Presentations from our 2012 Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation Conference made available for posting to our website by the speakers are:
Aboriginal Consultation in the Context of Environmental Assessments: The Federal Perspective presented by Sheila Risbud;
Engaging Aboriginal Communities in Conservation and Management of Cultural Landscapes – Experiences from Ontario presented by Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo Ph. D
CFAR was pleased to present the:
6th Annual Conference & Golf Tournament
Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation
June 5th – June 7th
Delegates who joined CFAR at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Enoch Resort and enjoyed:
- 3 days of second-to-none networking opportunities
- High Profile and Relevant Speakers
- Pre-Conference Golf Tournament on June 5th
- Interactive Workshops
- Interesting Sessions
The sold out Golf Tournament was held on June 5th at the Ranch Golf and Country Club. Please click on the icon below for more details. We look forward to seeing you next year!
The Conference was held June 6 – 7 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Enoch. We were thrilled to have Audrey Poitras of Métis Nations of Alberta and her panelists as our Keynote speaker Please click below to view our ad.
Please click on the icon below for the conference schedule. For speaker bios and abstracts, please click here.
Gala dinner June 6, 2012
The audience was thoroughly entertained at the gala dinner by the likes of Arcand, Métis Child & Family Jiggers as well as the Kipohtakaw Singers accompanied by a local drum group from the Kipohtakaw Nation.
We would like to thank the sponsors who supported our conference.
Fort McMurray Afterhours Business Mixer – April 19, 2012 at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre.
Building upon the success of our previous Fort McMurray Mixers and multiple Calgary Gatherings, CFAR was pleased to host our third afterhours business mixer held at the Sawridge Inn & Convention Centre on April 19, 2012. CFAR, fellow Aboriginal Relations practitioners, local Aboriginal business owners, community members and leaders joined to network and establish new connections over delectable food and drinks (cash bar). This was a casual and open event with no formal program, designed to facilitate professional networking.
For more details, click here.
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