RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT – Early-stage aboriginal consultation

Planning a mine development has even more pitfalls today than yesterday. Opposition can come from many fronts: loca...
Planning a mine development has even more pitfalls today than yesterday. Opposition can come from many fronts: local communities, environmental and human rights organizations, religious groups, governments and aboriginal peoples. Now from McMILLAN BINCH MENDELSOHN (www.mbmlex.coom), a leading Canadian business law firm, comes a practical approach to consultation, at least with the latter group.

The publication of "Talk Before You Leap: Protect Your Resources Development Project Through Early-Stage Aboriginal Group Consultation" gives readers an update on their duties in this respect as the Supreme Court of Canada ruled late last year. The report says the mineral industry could benefit from the ruling, but there remain hidden pitfalls. Insufficient consultation can send a mine developer back to square one.

CMJ will publish a brief summary of the report by lead author Todd Woolfe in an upcoming issue. Watch for it.

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