Save the Date! The Jay Treaty’s Promise & Potential, May 21-22 2017.

You are invited to The Jay Treaty’s Promise & Potential, a conference co-hosted by Cascadia Cross-Border Law and the Northwest Indian College. The conference will take place on May 21 and May 22, 2017 at the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington. It will directly follow the Northwest Indian College’s Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium on May 19–21.

Attendance is free – reserve your ticket here!

The conference will discuss the preservation and expansion of cross-border rights of the indigenous peoples of Canada and the U.S.  It will include sessions on the following topics:

  • Restorative Justice & Treaties
  • The Jay Treaty & Post-Secondary Education in the U.S.
  • The Jay Treaty as an Economic Development Tool
  • The Jay Treaty & Cultural Cohesion
  • The Jay Treaty & Endangered Species Laws & Other Environmental Protections
  • The Jay Treaty’s Potential for the Future

To learn more about the Jay Treaty and American Indian born in Canada status, we invite you to read our recent article on the topic. The article explores the practical effects of holding American Indian born in Canada status, including exemption from most U.S. immigration restrictions, reciprocity (or lack thereof) by Canada, and implications for traditional forms of cross-border commerce. Canadian Indians, Inuit, Métis, and Métis: An Exploration of the Unparalleled Rights Enjoyed by American Indians Born in Canada to Freely Access the United States, 4 SEATTLE J. ENVTL. L. 343 (2014).

To stay updated on conference details, please visit A list of speakers and a detailed schedule will be posted soon!

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – inquiries may be directed to Dr. Kate Buchanan at