Canadian Mining Journal


Interview: Avoid becoming ‘roadkill’ on the road to resources, advises Bill Gallagher

Strategist, lawyer and author Bill Gallagher is an expert on Canada’s Indigenous People and their land rights, and how they relate to resource development in the country.

Based in Waterloo, Ont., Gallagher is the author of two popular books on the topic: the recently published “Resource Reckoning: a Strategist’s Guide from A to Z” and the 2012 milestone “Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources.”

In this interview, he touches on topics that include: the legal framework underpinning native land rights in Canada; the 279-decision “winning streak” of aboriginal groups in Canadian courts with respect to land rights cases; and tales from his days as an advisor to Inco as it negotiated with Innu and Inuit groups near its Voisey’s Bay nickel project in Labrador.

The following is a partial excerpt of a full, two-part interview that can be heard in episodes 138 and 139 of The Northern Miner Podcast, available at

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