First Nations Employment Law Conference – Vancouver


Our inaugural 2-day conference is designed specifically for First Nations workplaces, administrations, economic development corporations, schools, health centres and First Nations-owned businesses. We encourage members of Council, HR managers, administrators and department leaders to be equipped to manage human resource issues that can arise in the First Nations workplace.

View our conference program:

DAY 1: Managing Employment Law Challenges In The First Nations Workplace

This session will focus on best practices to manage workplace challenges commonly faced by employers, including:

  • The duty to accommodate  We will cover key issues including the prohibited grounds of discrimination, an employer’s duty to inquire, and where the point of undue hardship lies. We will also provide an update on the latest developments in human rights law that applies to the First Nations workplace.
  • Dealing with addiction and drug testing – We will have a comprehensive discussion on the impact of impairment, the scope of permissible testing, and how to respond appropriately to culpable and non-culpable conduct and addictions (from accommodation, progressive discipline or dismissal).
  • Dismissals and potential liability –We take a look at employers’ obligations and unjust dismissal provisions under the Canada Labour Code. You’ll also learn about the different sources of liability that can arise from a dismissal, and strategies to minimize risks.
  • Use of social media in the workplace – We delve into the various issues that can arise as a result of using social media, pre-hiring due diligence and legal issues around monitoring the use of technology. We will also provide strategies on how employers can establish effective internal policies to manage social media usage.

DAY 2: Important Insights Into The Canada Labour Code Changes

This session will focus on the Canada Labour Code, providing you with a clearer understanding of the Code and a comprehensive look at the changes to Part III under Bill C-63 and Bill C-86, particularly how changes to labour standards provisions will impact First Nations organizations. We will discuss key changes in the context of Indigenous workplaces, including:

  • hours of work, overtime and flexible work arrangements;
  • family responsibilities and unforeseen situations;
  • a wide range of leaves and vacation entitlements;
  • rights and obligations regarding bullying and harassment, sexual harassment, and violence in the workplace; and much more.

Payment is required to confirm your registration. A $100 cancellation fee per person will be charged per conference day registered if the cancellation is less than 5 business days before the event. Refunds will not be issued for same day cancellations or no-shows.

This conference can qualify for 5.50 continuing professional development (CPD) hours (per day attended) with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR) and Law Society of BC.



  • Type 2-day conference
  • Date April 6 - 7, 2020
  • Time 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Location UBC Robson Square - HSBC Hall, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 3B7
  • Cost $1,400 + GST per person (includes both conference days), or $750 + GST per person for one day. A 10% group discount is available to organizations that register 5 or more individuals.
  • Includes Printed materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.