Drawing from his new book, “Take the Torch, A Political Memoir” — and focused around the question, What is Aboriginal consultation and when did it begin? — Ian Waddell will share some of his experiences with the Berger Inquiry and the affirmation of Aboriginal rights within the Canadian constitution.
Ian Waddell is a Canadian politician, author and filmmaker who served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1979 to 1993 and in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1996 to 2001. In 2002, he released the political mystery novel A Thirst to Die For. Currently, Waddell is a documentary film producer and a consultant in environmental and aboriginal affairs. In December 2013 he was appointed the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel for his merit and exceptional contribution to law. He drafted section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, the aboriginal rights amendment and was counsel to the historic Berger Commission on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. As a storefront lawyer he won the first consumer class action in Canada. His film, Why Young People Don’t Vote won best Producer at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. He is a former Visiting Scholar at Massey College.