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Calgary, AB, Canada

The Jay Treaty Boarder Alliance (JTBA) held its 2023 Summit (Summit) on October 11-13, 2023 in Calgary, AB, Canada.


The Blackfoot Confederacy

On behalf of the Jay Treaty Border Alliance, we would like to thank the Blackfoot Confederacy for the leadership and guidance they have provided towards making the Summit possible. 

Summit Over - Thank You for Attending!

The Summit provided 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 on JTBA advocacy efforts. 

Summit Presentation Materials Available Here.


All events occur in the Ballroom unless otherwise noted.



Travel to Calgary, AB, Canada

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.              High Table Meeting (Invite Only)

                                                       Chief Mountain Room


12:00 p.m.                                    Lunch for Jay Treaty Border Alliance Executive

   Committee (Invite Only)

   Chief Mountain Room


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.                  Jay Treaty Border Alliance Executive Committee

   Meeting (Invite Only)

   Red Deer Room


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Government of Canada Border Experience Technical Table

   (Invite Only)

   Chief Mountain Room


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.                  Government of Canada Entry of Goods Technical Table (Invite


   Red Deer Room


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                  Government of Canada Documentation Technical Table (Invite


   Chief Mountain Room

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.                  Grand Entry, Pipe Offering, and Agreement Signing Ceremony

                                                       Ballroom (A,B,C) down the East Wing of the hotel

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.                  Buffet Dinner

                                                       Ballroom (A,B,C) down the East Wing of the hotel




7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.                   Continental Breakfast 


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                 Opening Remarks (Local Host & JTBA Co-Chairs)

                                                        Ballroom (A,B,C) down the East Wing of the hotel


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.               Jay Treaty Border Alliance

History of the Alliance, Membership Updates, Tribal Border Crossing Parity Act, UNDRIP Implementation Presentation 

  • Naomie Droll, Capitol Hill Policy Group

  • James Meggesto, Holland & Knight

  • Grand Chief Benedict, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

  • Ava Hill, Advisor


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.                 Lunch & Learn - Documentary on the Blackfoot Confederacy 

                                                        Cross Border Vaccination Clinic


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.                   Canada Border Services Agency Tribal Engagement

  • Loretta Landmesser, Director, Indigenous Affairs Secretariat, CBSA

  • Cynthia Pye, Acting Director, Indigenous Affairs Secretariat, CBSA

  • Helen Robertson, Director, Indigenous Border Crossing Division, Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

  • TBD, Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada, IRCC


3:00 p.m.                                       Break


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.                   Implementation of UNDRIP Act

  • Paul Heighington, Justice Canada 




8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.                   Continental Breakfast


9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                 Opening Remarks (Local Host & JTBA Co-Chairs)

                                                        Ballroom (A,B,C) down the East Wing of the hotel


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.               U.S. Department of Homeland Security​​

  • Laurel Iron Cloud, Director of Tribal Affairs

  • Jill Thompson, DHS Customs and Border Protection

  • Ted Sobel, DHS Attaché to Canada


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.              Cross Border Repatriation (Protocols, Processes, and NAGPRA)

  • Catherine Bechard – Regional Affairs Advisor for the Prairies (Canada Border Crossing Agency)     

  • Elders of the Blackfoot Confederacy                                                 

12:00 p.m.                                    Lunch and Closing Remarks


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