Tuesday December 15, 2015

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9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
7 pm
Ballroom
Networking Reception
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Lunch & Opening Speaker
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

One-to-One Meetings (by appointment)
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Make an appointment to meet with AANDC program staff

Participants at Links to Learning 2015 may request a one-to-one meeting with AANDC staff regarding one of the topics listed below. When registering for Links to learning, choose the option for a one-to-one meeting and someone from AANDC will contact you by email to arrange a meeting.

For a detailed description click here

Meet with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter:

Do you want to find out more about a Links to Learning workshop you attended? Stop by the registration desk during the event to sign up for a one-to-one meeting with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability of the speakers.

For a detailed description click here

Seymour Training Room
1. Project Management: ACED 180 (CANDO) Registration Fee Required
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

ACED 180-Project Management is a 3-credit course delivered by Nicola Valley Institute of Technology that examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. In addition to the classroom time, participants will be required to successfully complete online assignments over the period December 16 to January 29 in order to obtain credit.

For a detailed description click here

Salon A
2. Matrimonial Real Property Toolkit (NALMA)
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

An introduction to the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. Learn about the key elements of the legislation including: First Nation law making and ratification, highlights of the provisional federal rules and practical implications for First Nation community residents.

For a detailed description click here

Salon B
3.Stronger Together: A toolkit for First Nations - municipal community economic development(CANDO)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Could your community benefit from collaboration with a neighbouring municipality or First Nation? Across Canada, First Nations and municipalities have committed to working together and are seeing a range of benefits: improved relationships, enhanced investor confidence, cost-effective service delivery, a stronger voice at other levels of government and the chance to draw on each partners’ unique capacities, among others. Stronger Together is a Toolkit developed by and based on the experiences of the six pilot partnerships in CEDI. In this workshop, you’ll get an orientation to the Stronger Together Toolkit and have the chance to ask questions of CEDI staff. You will leave with a summary document you can take back to your community to begin the discussion about and process of collaboration with your municipal or First Nations neighbours.

For a detailed description click here

7. A discussion on the impact of Cando and the Aboriginal economic developer certification program (CANDO)
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

This workshop will present the key findings from the assessment conducted by The Evidence Network in summer 2015. The assessment, which was conducted on behalf of Cando, identified the impact of Cando, as well as the Aboriginal Economic Developer Certification Program on Economic Development Officers from across Canada.

For a more detailed description click here>

Salon C
4.How to 'unlock' AANDC's pot of funding (AANDC)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This interactive workshop will provide tips on preparing funding applications to access AANDC’s economic development programs and services.

For a detailed description click here

8. Making money on reserve through commercial leasing (AANDC)
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

An interactive workshop that will provide participants with an overview of the various components of a commercial lease and “uncomplicate” a complicated process by providing tips for completion.

For a detailed description click here

Salon F
5. First Nation projects and the environmental review process (AANDC)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This workshop will allow participants to become familiar with AANDC’s Environmental Review Process and the type of triggers that initiate the need for an Environmental Review for projects on reserve. A suite of tools will be made available to group which will include a discussion of how they are applied to projects.

The workshop will be interactive and include a case study where participants will use the tools to work through a project. A First Nations guest speaker will describe an example of using the system and how to expedite information capture for projects. This will also include an example of how to utilize AANDC’s Integrated Environmental Management System (IEMS).

For a detailed description click here

9. Natural resource management on First Nation reserve lands and AANDC permitting process (AANDC)
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Do you have merchantable timber or sand and gravel on your reserve? Did you know you need a permit to sell it off reserve? Come to AANDC’s natural resources permitting process workshop to learn more about how you can obtain a permit and what your requirements are.

For a detailed description click here

Mackenzie Room
6. Developing a Community Land Code (AANDC & LABRC)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Under the First Nation Land Management Initiative, a community Land Code replaces 32 sections of the Indian Act. It includes the power to create land laws, resolve disputes, and conduct land-related business such as lease management, enforcement, and individual lands. Attend this session to gain an understanding of what it takes to create a Land Code for your community.

For a more detailed description click here>

10. Project Financing: the application and assessment process (ANTCO, TACC, VanCity, BDC)
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

This workshop will highlight what financial institutions are looking for when an Aboriginal community, development corporation, or entrepreneur applies to an organization looking for business financing, funding and/or services.

For communities planning on establishing or expanding a community-owned business, this workshop will provide an overview of business funding and financing programs and services available, and will introduce participants to the application process, including providing tips on preparing funding applications, key information to include in your application, how applications are assessed from the perspectives of funders and lenders.

For a detailed description click here

Wednesday December 16, 2015

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7 am
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm
Ballroom
Breakfast
7:30 am - 9:00 am

One-to-One Meetings (by appointment)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Make an appointment to meet with AANDC program staff

Participants at Links to Learning 2015 may request a one-to-one meeting with AANDC staff regarding one of the topics listed below. When registering for Links to learning, choose the option for a one-to-one meeting and someone from AANDC will contact you by email to arrange a meeting.

For a detailed description click here

Meet with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter:

Do you want to find out more about a Links to Learning workshop you attended? Stop by the registration desk during the event to sign up for a one-to-one meeting with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability of the speakers.

For a detailed description click here

Lunch
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

One-to-One Meetings (by appointment)
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Make an appointment to meet with AANDC program staff

Participants at Links to Learning 2015 may request a one-to-one meeting with AANDC staff regarding one of the topics listed below. When registering for Links to learning, choose the option for a one-to-one meeting and someone from AANDC will contact you by email to arrange a meeting.

For a detailed description click here

Meet with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter:

Do you want to find out more about a Links to Learning workshop you attended? Stop by the registration desk during the event to sign up for a one-to-one meeting with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability of the speakers.

For a detailed description click here

Seymour Training Room
11. Individual Training: Online tools for land management (30 min appointments)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Meet with your own personal trainer! Bring your questions and get hands-on experience using internet-based tools for reserve lands, such as: the Indian Lands Registry System (ILRS), the Electronic Registry Index Plan (eRIP), Natural Resources Canada’s Map Browser, Survey Plan Search and the Canada Lands Survey Plan Overlay for GoogleEarth. A laptop will be provided.

For a detailed description click here

BC Economic Atlas Demonstration: Learn how to use the free BC Economic Atlas to collect information about your territory. These 10-minute hands-on demos will help you learn how to access BC’s repository of geographic information.

For a detailed description click here

11. Repeat. Individual Training: Online tools for land management (30 min appointments)
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Meet with your own personal trainer! Bring your questions and get hands-on experience using internet-based tools for reserve lands, such as: the Indian Lands Registry System (ILRS), the Electronic Registry Index Plan (eRIP), Natural Resources Canada’s Map Browser, Survey Plan Search and the Canada Lands Survey Plan Overlay for GoogleEarth. A laptop will be provided.

For a detailed description click here

BC Economic Atlas Demonstration: Learn how to use the free BC Economic Atlas to collect information about your territory. These 10-minute hands-on demos will help you learn how to access BC’s repository of geographic information.

For a detailed description click here

Salon A
12. Additions to Reserve 101 (NALMA & AANDC)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

This workshop will provide basic technical training on the Addition to Reserve / New Reserve Creation (ATR) process, including how to initiate and process an ATR in the timeliest manner. There will be an introduction to NALMA’s Additions to Reserve Toolkit. The workshop will also include time for Questions and Answers.

For a detailed description click here

18. Designations Training (NALMA)
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

An introduction to the designation process required to lease reserve lands. Learn about the provisions of the Indian Act that govern designations, key elements of the process, and the role of the First Nations.

For a detailed description click here

Salon B
13. Aboriginal Economic Development: Strategic Planning to Implementation (CANDO)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

This workshop will review the principles and concepts that have positive impacts on strategic economic development planning (SEDP) in First Nations communities, including the key elements of the strategic plan; the implementation of the plan and how to move from planning to action and the role of the EDO as a key participant in the various phases of both the planning and implementation process. Participants will learn about the development of corporation governance structure.,/p>

For a detailed description click here

13. Repeat. Aboriginal Economic Development: Strategic Planning to Implementation (CANDO)
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

This workshop will review the principles and concepts that have positive impacts on strategic economic development planning (SEDP) in First Nations communities, including the key elements of the strategic plan; the implementation of the plan and how to move from planning to action and the role of the EDO as a key participant in the various phases of both the planning and implementation process. Participants will learn about the development of corporation governance structure.

For a more detailed description click here

Salon C
14. Establishing a First Nations Economic Development Corporation (AFOA-BC)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

First Nations are in various stages of development of expanding their economic development structures and processes. Learn the essentials for the startup process of establishing a First Nation Economic Development Corporation.

For a detailed description click here

14. Repeat Establishing a First Nations Economic Development Corporation (AFOA-BC)
1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

First Nations are in various stages of development of expanding their economic development structures and processes. Learn the essentials for the startup process of establishing a First Nation Economic Development Corporation.

For a detailed description click here

Salon F
15. Comprehensive Community Planning and the Mentorship Initiative
9:00 am - 10:30 am

This interactive session will provide information on Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) and how mentorship can support CCP development. The CCP Mentorship Initiative aligns experienced First Nations planning champions as mentors to communities interested in initiating the early stages of Comprehensive Community Planning. The mentors serve as experienced guides through the early planning process.

For a detailed description click here

17. Working with Professional Engineers (APEGBC)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the roles and responsibilities of a professional engineer in a construction or other project. Participants will gain insight into how to select the right professional for a project and best practices when working with an engineer to help ensure a project proceeds in a safe and timely manner. There will be time for questions and answers.

For a detailed description click here

15. Repeat. Comprehensive Community Planning and the Mentorship Initiative
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

This interactive session will provide information on Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) and how mentorship can support CCP development. The CCP Mentorship Initiative aligns experienced First Nations planning champions as mentors to communities interested in initiating the early stages of Comprehensive Community Planning. The mentors serve as experienced guides through the early planning process.

For a detailed description click here

17. Repeat. Working with Professional Engineers (APEGBC)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the roles and responsibilities of a professional engineer in a construction or other project. Participants will gain insight into how to select the right professional for a project and best practices when working with an engineer to help ensure a project proceeds in a safe and timely manner. There will be time for questions and answers.

For a detailed description click here

Mackenzie Room
16. Business Plan BootCamp: just the basics (Ch'nook)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

If you have a specific business idea or you have been in business for a few years but have never written a business plan, this workshop is for you. This three-hour session will introduce the basic components of a business plan. It will help you move forward with confidence, learn how to conduct market research and explore how to create financial plans that will support business viability. Participants will receive a business plan checklist that will cover all the aspects needed for business start-up.

For a detailed description click here

19. Navigating Today's Investment Markets for Financial Management
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This workshop is designed for managers looking to learn more about investments and financial markets.

The workshop will take look at the global economic backdrop, the current investment environment and how it all affects investment decisions. One challenge facing all investors, ranging from individuals looking to retire to corporations putting together their capital budgets, is the low interest rate environment we find ourselves in. Traditional fixed income investments including GIC’s and savings accounts are currently offering very low returns. This session will examine what other investment options are available to help meet your community’s goals.

For a detailed description click here

19. Repeat. Navigating Today's Investment Markets for Financial Management
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

This workshop is designed for managers looking to learn more about investments and financial markets.

The workshop will take look at the global economic backdrop, the current investment environment and how it all affects investment decisions. One challenge facing all investors, ranging from individuals looking to retire to corporations putting together their capital budgets, is the low interest rate environment we find ourselves in. Traditional fixed income investments including GIC’s and savings accounts are currently offering very low returns. This session will examine what other investment options are available to help meet your community’s goals.

For a detailed description click here

Thursday December 17, 2015

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7 am
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
5 pm
Ballroom
Breakfast
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Lunch & Closing Remarks
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

One-to-One Meetings (by appointment)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Make an appointment to meet with AANDC program staff

Participants at Links to Learning 2015 may request a one-to-one meeting with AANDC staff regarding one of the topics listed below. When registering for Links to learning, choose the option for a one-to-one meeting and someone from AANDC will contact you by email to arrange a meeting.

for a detailed description click here

Meet with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter:

Do you want to find out more about a Links to Learning workshop you attended? Stop by the registration desk during the event to sign up for a one-to-one meeting with a Links to Learning speaker or presenter. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability of the speakers.

for a detailed description click here

Seymour Training Room
2. Project Management ACED 180
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

ACED 180-Project Management is a 3-credit course delivered by Nicola Valley Institute of Technology that examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving.

For a detailed description click here

Salon A
2. Repeat. Matrimonial Real Property Toolkit (NALMA)
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

An introduction to the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. Learn about the key elements of the legislation including: First Nation law making and ratification, highlights of the provisional federal rules and practical implications for First Nation community residents.

For a detailed description click here

Salon B
3. Repeat. Stronger Together: A toolkit for First Nations-municipal community economic development (CANDO)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Could your community benefit from collaboration with a neighbouring municipality or First Nation? Across Canada, First Nations and municipalities have committed to working together and are seeing a range of benefits: improved relationships, enhanced investor confidence, cost-effective service delivery, a stronger voice at other levels of government and the chance to draw on each partners’ unique capacities, among others. Stronger Together is a Toolkit developed by and based on the experiences of the six pilot partnerships in CEDI. In this workshop, you’ll get an orientation to the Stronger Together Toolkit and have the chance to ask questions of CEDI staff. You will leave with a summary document you can take back to your community to begin the discussion about and process of collaboration with your municipal or First Nations neighbours.

For a detailed description click here

21. Benefits of Joining a Lands Association (NALMA & BCALM & FNA4LM)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Lands Associations help facilitate the participation and networking of First Nations Lands Managers on land related issues and assist member through training and technical advice. This workshop will provide information about training opportunities and land management technical support offered by NALMA and BCALM and FNA4LM. NALMA will provide an update on its projects and strategic plan.

for a detailed description click here

Salon C
4. Repeat. How to 'unlock AANDC's pot of funding (AANDC)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

This interactive workshop will provide tips on preparing funding applications to access AANDC’s economic development programs and services.

For a detailed description click here

8. Repeat. Making money on reserve through commercial leasing (AANDC)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

An interactive workshop that will provide participants with an overview of the various components of a commercial lease and “uncomplicate” a complicated process by providing tips for completion.

For a detailed description click here

Salon F
5. Repeat. First Nation projects and the environmental review process (AANDC)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

This workshop will allow participants to become familiar with AANDC’s Environmental Review Process and the type of triggers that initiate the need for an Environmental Review for projects on reserve. A suite of tools will be made available to group which will include a discussion of how they are applied to projects.

The workshop will be interactive and include a case study where participants will use the tools to work through a project. A First Nations guest speaker will describe an example of using the system and how to expedite information capture for projects. This will also include an example of how to utilize AANDC’s Integrated Environmental Management System (IEMS).

For a detailed description click here

9. Repeat. Natural resource management on First Nation reserve lands and the AANDC permitting process (AANDC)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Do you have merchantable timber or sand and gravel on your reserve? Did you know you need a permit to sell it off reserve? Come to AANDC’s natural resources permitting process workshop to learn more about how you can obtain a permit and what your requirements are.

For a detailed description click here

Mackenzie Room
6. Repeat. Developing a Community Land Code (AANDC & LABRC)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Under the First Nation Land Management Initiative, a community Land Code replaces 32 sections of the Indian Act. It includes the power to create land laws, resolve disputes, and conduct land-related business such as lease management, enforcement, and individual lands. Attend this session to gain an understanding of what it takes to create a Land Code for your community.

For a more detailed description click here>

10. Repeat. Project Financing: the application and assessment process (ANTCO, TACC,VanCity, BDC)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

This workshop will highlight what financial institutions are looking for when an Aboriginal community, development corporation, or entrepreneur applies to an organization looking for business financing, funding and/or services.

For communities planning on establishing or expanding a community-owned business, this workshop will provide an overview of business funding and financing programs and services available, and will introduce participants to the application process, including providing tips on preparing funding applications, key information to include in your application, how applications are assessed from the perspectives of funders and lenders.

For a detailed description click here