On November 28, 2017, Wayne Garnons-Williams presented to the students and faculty of Law, Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, on the topic of NAFTA, the Indigenous Chapter and International Inter-tribal Trade.
The collaborative process of Global Affairs involving interested stakeholders and rights-holders in the building of an international trade instrument is precedent setting. It marks a turning point for the Government of Canada. Such a level of inclusiveness and collaboration in developing trade provisions for NAFTA has never been accomplished before. Driven by Global Affairs, this process sets a “best practice” example for all other government departments (federal or provincial) to follow when developing law and policy in matters affecting Indigenous interests and rights.