Plunging oil prices have cast a gloom over the Canadian economy and added uncertainly to pipeline battles and how to best work with Canada’s indigenous peoples on resource extraction projects of all kinds.
There is at least general agreement on one point: the old ways of doing business are over. This is due to the Supreme Court of Canada’s Tsilhqot’in ruling in June 2104, which affirmed that consent consultation is “not merely a right of first refusal with respect to Crown land management or usage plans. Rather, it is a right to proactively use and manage the land.”
The challenge seems to be in understanding what Canada’s indigenous peoples want, and how to work with them to meet their needs.
A good place to start is …
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