Treaty Negotiators Who Will Sign Any Agreement

John B. Zoe, who negotiated the Tlicho Land Claims and Self-Government Agreement, believes that if young people do not get involved, the spirit and intent of the hard-contested treaties will be lost. Such a loss could have unintended consequences for the benefits that modern treaties should have in areas such as resource rights, autonomy and environmental responsibility. Dave Joe believes that the simulation “reflects the realities that First Nations live with when the Crown imposes constraints in a modern contractual context.” On the first day of the simulation, participants spoke with negotiators, federal government officials and legal experts. They spent the second day negotiating a section of a chapter of harvesting and wildlife management on a modern fictitious contract. On the third day, they negotiated the implementation plan for the section negotiated by another group. It was everyone`s turn to represent a negotiator from an Aboriginal organization and a federal or territorial government. In response to these innovative ideas, the Gordon Foundation, in collaboration with the LCAC and other partners, organized the first simulation of negotiation and implementation in Canada for emerging Aboriginal leaders. From February 28 to March 2, 2019, 17 next-generation Aboriginal leaders met with experts and former negotiators to develop knowledge and skills in the modern contracting process. Participants came from across the country, including Tsawwassen First Nation, Ka:`yu:`k`t`h`/Chek`tles7et`h` First Nation, Ucluelet First Nation, Nisga`a First Nation, Taloyoak, Nunavut, T-ch-First Nation, James Bay and Northern Quebec Cree, Gwich`in First Nation, Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation, Tr`ond`k Hwéch`in First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, Ta`an Kwoch`an First Nation and Selkirk First Nation. They were between 17 and 35 years old and brought strong visions to their communities. The simulation sparked their interest in their modern contracts and motivated them to participate in their implementation.

She has also built her skills in negotiation, public discourse, teamwork and critical thinking.