Right to Know Forum (Edmonton)

September 29, 2017

Free to attend.

Location: Windsor Room, Federal Building, Edmonton (9820 107 St.)

8:15 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
8:45 a.m. Welcoming Comments
9:00 a.m.

International Perspectives on Access to Information

Commissioner Jill Clayton will provide an overview of what she heard during the International Conference of Information Commissioners to be hosted in Manchester, United Kingdom on September 19-21, 2017. She will also discuss how actions elsewhere may influence access to information in Alberta. Ms. Clayton has been invited to participate on a panel at the international conference.

9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Applicants in the Access to Information System in Alberta

Sean Holman, Associate Professor of Journalism at Mount Royal University, will moderate a panel discussion of users of the access to information system in Alberta, including:

  • Jennie Russell, Investigative Reporter, CBC Edmonton
  • Elise Stolte, Reporter, Edmonton Journal/Sun
  • Bashir Mohamed, Edmonton Policing Co-Chair, Black Lives Matter Edmonton
  • James Johnson, Director of Research and Policy, Official Opposition, United Conservative Party Caucus
10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m.

Preservation of Records Created During the Independent Assessment Process for Residential School Settlements

Nicole Bresser, lawyer, will discuss the case that went to the Supreme Court of Canada in May 2017 and her role representing the Coalition for the Preservation of Truth. The coalition was formed to advocate for the preservation of the records created during the Independent Assessment Process. She will also explain how the preservation of these records can be balanced with individuals' right to privacy. The Independent Assessment Process is a settlement fund for claims of abuse and other wrongful acts committed at Canada's residential schools. This process differs from the Common Experience Payment for anyone who was a resident of a residential school.

11:55 a.m. Closing Comments