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2023 SUMMIT -

Vancouver & the Lummi Nation

The Jay Treaty Boarder Alliance (JTBA) will hold its 2023 Summit (Summit) on January 31-February 1, 2023 in Vancouver, B.C. and the Lummi Nation (Ferndale, WA). This year's Summit will provide an opportunity for tribal leaders to meet with government officials from both the United States and Canada to discuss a wide range of Tribal border crossing issues, and to hear updates from the JTBA on our advocacy efforts. A draft agenda for the Summit can be found below. 

 

Date: January 31-February 1, 2023

 

Location: Vancouver, B.C. (January 31, 2023) and Lummi Nation - Ferndale, WA (February 1, 2023)

Lodging: 

 

Best Western Premier Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conf. Centre (Vancouver, B.C.):

Guest can call at +1 604-669-7070 and quote: “JTBA Winter Summit” or email: res@chateaugranville.com 

Group Block Code: 1948

Room Rate: $169+taxes per room per night

Parking: Gated Underground Parking

  • Day Parking is priced @ $15+taxes per car per day

  • Overnight Parking is $25+taxes per car per night

  • Please request guest to pay at the reception to collect their discounted pass for parking, do not pay at meter.

  • This pass will them have to be placed at the dashboard of the car.

Silver Reef Casino Resort (Lummi Nation - Ferndale, WA)

Guests can use this link to book their rooms: Book Your Stay Online (Offer code: 4281)

Additional instructions: Enter your Offer Code and click Search, then Select for your Offer Code under Available Offers and enter your stay dates for your group.  You can also call the hotel Toll Free at (866) 383-0777  to book your room and ask for the Jay Treaty Boarder Alliance Summit (Booking ID: 4281 along with the date(s) you would like to book at the group rate.  Please make your reservations before the deadline date of: January 25th, 2023

 

RSVP: RSVP Here

DRAFT AGENDA

 

JANUARY 31, 2023 – VANCOUVER, B.C. - Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Consultation (closed event)

Location: Best Western Premier Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre

8:00 a.m.        Breakfast

 

9:00 a.m.        Opening Remarks

Abram Benedict, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

- Jennifer Porter, Chairwoman, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

- Michael Conners, Chief, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

 

9:15 a.m.        Overview and Consultation Process on UNDRIP Act Implementation

Panelists:

- Amy Lickers, A.L.L. Professional Services

- Ava Hill, Advisor

- Robert Odawi Porter, Odawi Law, PLLC

9:45 a.m.        Morning Refreshments [break]

 

10:00 a.m.      Testimony from Tribal Leaders

[Present information on the impact of border crossing on Native peoples, families, nations, culture, trade, sport, etc.]

 

12:00 p.m.      Consultation Adjourns

 

 

JANUARY 31, 2023 – VANCOUVER, B.C. – JTBA Summit

Location: Best Western Premier Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre

 

12:00 p.m.      Lunch

 

1:00 p.m.        Opening Remarks by the JTBA Co-Chairs

- Jennifer Porter, Chairwoman, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

- Abram Benedict, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

 

1:10 p.m.        Remarks by Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament (video)

 

1:15 p.m.        JTBA Overview and Recent Events

Panelists:

- Kayla Gebeck Carroll, Holland & Knight, LLP

- Robert Odawi Porter, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

- Naomie Droll, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

           

1:45 p.m.        Right-of-Entry into Canada for U.S. Born Natives and UNDRIP Overview

Panelists:

- Abram Benedict, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

- Ava Hill, Advisor

- Robert Odawi Porter, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

 

2:15 p.m.        Tribal Leader Discussion

Moderator:

- Robert Odawi Porter, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

2:45 p.m.        Afternoon refreshments [Break]

 

3:00 p.m.        Government of Canada Listening Session

Moderator:

- Billy Barquin, Attorney General, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Panelists:

- Loretta Landmesser, Director, Indigenous Affairs Secretariat at Canada Border Services Agency

- Helen Robertson, Director, Migration Control and Horizontal Policy

- Cynthia Pye, Manager, Indigenous Training Program (and  Assistant Director of the Indigenous Affairs Secretariat)

 

FEBRUARY 1, 2023 – LUMMI NATION, WASHINGTON – JTBA Summit

Location: Silver Reef Casino Resort

 

9:00 a.m.        Breakfast

 

10:00 a.m.      Opening by the Blackhawk Singers

 

10:15 a.m.      Remarks from Local Host and JTBA Co-Chairs

- Anthony Hillaire, Chairman, Lummi Nation

- Jennifer Porter, Chairwoman, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

- Abram Benedict, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

 

10:30 a.m.      JTBA Overview & the Tribal Border Crossing Parity Act

Moderator:

- Billy Barquin, Attorney General, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Panelists:

- James Maggesto, Holland & Knight, LLP

- Rob Porter, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

- Naomie Droll, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

 

11:00 a.m.      Tribe-to-Tribe Trade Opportunities in the 2023 Farm Bill

Panelists:

- Kayla Gebeck Carroll, Holland & Knight, LLP

- Billy Barquin, Attorney General, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

 

11:30 a.m.      Tribal Leader Discussion

Moderator:

- Robert Odawi Porter, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

12:00 p.m.      Lunch

 

1:00 p.m.        U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border                                    Protection Tribal Listening Session

                        Moderator:

- Kayla Gebeck Carroll, Holland & Knight, LLP

                        Panelists:

- Bronia E. Ashford, Chief of Tribal and Community Affairs, Intergovernmental Public Liaison, Office of the - - Commissioner, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

- Brian J. Humphrey, Director Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Seattle Field Office

 

3:00 p.m.        Enhanced Tribal Identification Cards

                        Panelists:

- Marisela Nunez, Director of Enrollment and ETC Program

- Vivian Arandules, Sacred Path

 

4:00 p.m.        JTBA Organizational Discussion

Moderator:

- Robert Odawi Porter, Capitol Hill Policy Group, LLC

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