Dawn Mills

Dr. Mills holds her PhD from the Faculty of Law at UBC. Her PHD work focused on Gitxsan property law and their management structures as it was spoken during the Delgamuukw trials and the reconciliation period afterwards. Dr. Mills’ research is related to administrative law, and legislative reform at the intersection of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and Mineral Resource Development.

This has entailed working with the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation, the Province of British Columbia and various Mining Companies related to revenue sharing and mine operation oversight. She also engaged in the regulatory reform associated with On-Reserve Mining. This regulatory reform is coupled with working with First Nation communities associated with Off-Reserve Industrial Minerals development whether it is in Traditional Territories or through Treaty Entitlement Lands, and Additions to Reserve.

Her international work includes a critical examination of the Peruvian and Australian consultation frameworks as they are administered by the particular national governments, in light of Canada’s duty to consult with Aboriginal People. Additional work that Dr. Mills has undertaken has been with the Sto:lo and their lobby of the Aboriginal Fishing Strategy, mainly the allocations related to the Aboriginal Commercial Fishery. Other areas of interest have been in the area of revenue sharing as it has been allocated through Forest and Range Agreements with the Province of BC.

Dr. Mills is currently the inaugural Finning Resident Scholar for Mining and Communities at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering. The focus of this position is to engage with First Nation, Inuit or Metis communities related to mineral resource development. This position also facilitates the placement of Senior Undergraduate Students in between First Nation communities and at a Mine Site. Her teaching responsibilities include delivering the graduate seminar Mine 585 Canadian Aboriginal People and Mineral Resource Development, and APSC 261/262 & 450.


Dawn Mills

Dawn Mills

407 Frank Forward
t: 604 822 0073
e: pdmills@mining.ubc.ca

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