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Special Letter from Bob Phillips

AGM Agenda – DRAFT-2



At the December 11th Board meeting of the Directors of the Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR) Society, Board members voted unanimously to put forward a special resolution to the members of the Society at the January 20th AGM (to be held online) to voluntarily dissolve the organization. Members of the Society will be asked to vote on a special resolution to empower the board to seek dissolution of the society from the registry as soon as it is practical. Please see the included excerpts from the Societies Act of Alberta and from CFAR’s bylaws for more information (thank you Lorne).

Know that this decision was not made lightly. Suffice it to say that CFAR has never fully recovered from economic and social impacts that began long before the pandemic, and that continue to this day. We have accomplished so much in our years together, and we owe so much gratitude to our CFAR family; our sponsors, members, volunteers, speakers, workshop leaders, elders, helpers, and team members as well as our ICIR/ICE colleagues at Yellowhead Tribal College and the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension; past and present.


Dissolution of Circle for Aboriginal Relations Society
Societies Act of Alberta

34 – To surrender a certificate of incorporation;

  *   Call a meeting for special resolution to discuss.
     *   1 (d) Special resolution – resolutions passed at special or general meetings
        *    not less than 21 days notice specifying the intent  of the resolution
        *   75% of those members entitled to vote support the resolution
  *   Address all debts and liabilities (Part 17 of the Alberta Business Corporations Act regarding winding up applies.)
     *   211- Voluntary Dissolution
     *   Special resolution (members) to authorize the directors to distribute all property and discharge liabilities. After completed apply to the Registrar with articles of dissolution.  If satisfied, the Registrar issues a certificate of dissolution.
  *   Apply to the Registrar to dissolve the incorporation.
     *   28 file special resolution with the Registrar and await a determination
  *   213 – If in default (for example failure to file an annual report) for a year, the Registrar may dissolve the Society.


CFAR Bylaw Provisions

5.10 – Require 40% of the Directors to have Quorum at a regular meeting
10.2 – The President or Secretary calls a special meeting upon receipt of a petition signed by a majority of members in good standing who call such a meeting.
10.5 – Notice to members must be provided no less than 10 days before the meeting.
10.6 – Quorum for the meeting of members is 4%
18 – Distribution. Upon the dissolution of the Society, the property of the Society shall be converted into cash and added to the funds of the Society and the amount thereof distributed firstly in payment of all outstanding debts and liabilities of the Society and the balance shall be distributed to a non-profit organization having goals and objectives similar to that of the Society.


Steps to Dissolve

  *   Provide at least 21 days notice and place on AGM Agenda – Provide a draft special resolution to cause the directors to liquidate property and discharge all liabilities. Remaining monies to be transferred to a not for profit with similar values/objectives as CFAR.
  *   Hold AGM and pass the special resolution.
     *   Notice
     *   4% for member quorum
     *   75% to vote in favour
  *   Directors dispose of assets and pay all liabilities.  Remainder of value is transferred to not-for-profit.
  *   Obtain the Articles of Dissolution form (under section 211 of the Alberta Business Corporations Act)
  *   Complete forms for Registrar to apply for Dissolution and file request.
  *   Await decision of Registrar.











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Thank you to Husky Energy and Infinity Metis Corporation for sponsorship of this event!  More sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please contact Sandra at

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!

2019’s Conference Theme was CONSERVATION








The conference started 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 joined Chief Billy Morin (Enoch Cree Nation) and Elder Irene Morin to open the day’s activities. Speakers and Presenters included 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; a workshop about the impact of chronic wasting disease, 
Valerie Knaga and George Chalut (Historic Resources Management Branch – Alberta Heritage) addressing Conservation through Archaeology/Historic Resources, Michael Pucci  (DP World) 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) included a viewing of Treaty Talks followed by a talkback Q & A with Dr. Pat Makokis and Scott McDougall.  

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!



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.



Our conference agenda can be found here.


Full conference and golf tournament event details are available at this link.
Golf event details are available at this link. It’s a best ball scramble, and we tee off at 2:15!

John Reilly!  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 Criminal Justice system” will be published next year.




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:


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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History’s Truth

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 —


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


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 |

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

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Thank you to our valued sponsors:











9th Annual CFAR Conference & Networking Golf Tournament

September 15-17, 2015


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 

After almost 40 years in TV and radio broadcasting, the last 31 as a sportscaster at Global in Calgary, Grant Pollock is transitioning from talking about people’s lives, to saving people’s lives.
Over the summer, Grant retired and moved into a family business, AED Advantage, selling automated external defibrillators.

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.

Conference Information:

The Conference Agenda is here.

Confirmed speakers include:

Peter Dawson

Karen McKenzie

Mel Benson

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

Camp and Catering Services Panel including Jonathan Stringer from AramarkDr. Patricia MakokisCanada North CampsSheila CollinsHorizon North Logistics, and Tim HeinsRoyal Camp Services Ltd.

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

Confirmed workshop leaders include:

James Daschuk

Jeremy Barretto

Dr. Patricia Makokis, and Dr. Fay Fletcher, and the Credential Recognition Team with Dale Saddleback, Janice Makokis, Mary McDermott, and Matthew Whitehead.

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

Golf Tournament:

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:

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

CFAR was pleased to host our Fifth Fort McMurray Mixer Event at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre on April 10th. 
The event followed the NAABA Aboriginal Women in Business Luncheon at MacDonald Island Park and saw Aboriginal Relations practitioners, local business owners, community members and leaders engaged in meaningful conversations to network, establish new connections and to mix with friends and colleagues over appetizers and a cash bar. 


Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:

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!

Platinum Plus:

      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:





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Friends of CFAR:

7th Annual Conference and Golf Tournament

September 24 – 26, 2013
The Marriott Hotel At the River Cree Resort, Enoch
Click here for the Schedule of Events!
Learn the latest developments in this area from Aboriginal Leaders, Government policy makers and industry representatives. Be a part of the dialogue!!
Take part in our extremely popular Golf Tournament to meet and network with other CFAR Members on September 24th

We regret to advise that Minister Valcourt was unable to attend the evening Golf Tournament Dinner.

“We are pleased to announce that The Honorable Robin Campbell, Minister of Aboriginal Relations will be the opening speaker at our 7th Annual Conference. 
Please keep an eye on the CFAR website as we release the names of the other Speakers as they are confirmed. 
Speakers are listed below.

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

Sylvia McAdam

Janice 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.


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Golf Dinner Sponsors


Golf Tournament Luncheon Sponsors

Hole 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:



Annual General Meeting (AGM) 

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!

Ed Peekeekoot

*** 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.

Following were our event sponsors.
Thank-you to our sponsors:

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.

Conference schedule
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.

Platinum Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:
Golf Eagle Sponsor:
Golf Hole Sponsor:
Golf Lunch Sponsors:

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.

All proceeds from this event will go to benefit Chip Child Development Society, an organization whose mission is to provide holistic, positive and challenging learning experiences and opportunities for growth by providing on-going quality programs and services to children, families and staff.

For more details, click here.

Without the support of our sponsors this event would not be possible. Thank-you to our sponsors.


Savanna Energy Services Corp.
Nexen Inc.
Mikisew Group of Companies

Total E&P Canada Ltd.

Friends of CFAR:
Flint Energy Services Ltd.